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NCA seized gold bars from ML network

The NCA has obtained a forfeiture order for 15 gold bars worth £650,000 that are linked to an international ML network. Gold is an attractive commodity for criminals to use to move money because relatively small amounts can...
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OECD Global Forum Tax Evasion report 2022

The capacity-building programme of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (Global Forum) reached its 10-year mark in 2021. This report presents how the programme emerged, evolved and grew...
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US DoJ sentences DeepDotWeb Administrator for ML

An Israeli national was sentenced to 97 months in prison for operating DeepDotWeb (DDW), a website that connected internet users with Darknet marketplaces, where they purchased illegal firearms, malware and hacking tools, stolen financial data, heroin, fentanyl...
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Europol spotlight on Cryptocurrencies

The criminal use of cryptocurrency is no longer primarily confined to cybercrime activities, but now relates to all types of crime that require the transmission of monetary value. However, the scale and share of the illicit use of cryptocurrencies as part of criminal activities...
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MENAFATF 3rd Follow-up Report for Mauritania

Mauritania met some of the previous deficiencies of the requirements of this recommendation by, within the framework of the NRA process, evaluating the risks associated with VAs and finding the absence of related risks...
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MONEYVAL on AML/CFT supervision in times crisis 

The purpose of this document is to assist the authorities and SROs in the consideration of their own possible domestic measures to be applied in crisis situations. Although most supervisors will already have well-developed business continuity plans...
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FinCEN pilot program on sharing SARs 

The pilot program would permit a financial institution with a SAR reporting obligation to share SARs and information related to SARs with the institution’s foreign branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates for the purpose of combating illicit finance risks...
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Basel paper on nexus between corruption & ML

The Basel Institute of Governance paper targets the nexus between corruption and money laundering. Scholars and practitioners observed how offshore financial centers and financial infrastructures have become central in facilitating corruption and other criminal activities...
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US DoS publishes Country Reports on Terrorism 2020

The report provides a detailed review of last year’s successes and the ongoing challenges facing our country and our partners around the world, challenges that will require a continued commitment to and investment in global counterterrorism efforts going forward...
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GFI response on the Companies BO regulations

GFI supports the initiative to adopt streamlined procedures which are important for economies as they implement new transparency policies. As countries act to improve financial transparency, disclosing beneficial ownership information...
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FCA financial promotion rules to qualifying cryptoassets

The FCA is consulting on proposals to strengthen the financial promotion rules for high-risk investments, and for authorised firms which approve and communicate financial promotions. The FCA propose changes to classification of high-risk investments...
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HMT consultation on cryptoassets promotions

This will mean that financial promotions relating to "qualifying cryptoassets" must be made or approved by a UK authorised person (that is, someone authorised in the UK by the PRA or FCA or fall under an existing exemption under the financial promotions regime...
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