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FinCEN Asks FIs to Watch for Transactions Linked to Environmental Crimes

FinCen has asked banks to file a report when they come across a transaction that might be linked to such activity. Under U.S. AML laws, financial institutions are required to screen customers and money transfers for suspicious activity, and notify FinCEN of anything...
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Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021

The exceptional COVID-19 crisis has fuelled the increase of cybercrime in all its forms, while grey infrastructure serves to facilitate the proliferation of crime...
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MEPs new country-by-country tax reporting rules

MEPs give their final green light to new rules obliging big multinationals to publicly declare the taxes they pay in each EU country, in order to undermine tax avoidance.
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Wolfsberg Group Swift’s guide for screening ISO20022 payments

The Wolfsberg Group endorses the “Guiding principles for screening ISO20022 payments” published by SWIFT and incorporating the input of major users of SWIFT.
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FinCEN exchange discusses BSA SARs statistics

FinCEN exchange brings together public and private stakeholders to discuss Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) filing statistics for low-dollar, voluntarily-filed suspicious activity reports (SARs) that contain a transaction nexus to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
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FinCEN updates Ransomware Advisory

FinCEN updates advisory on Ransomware and the use of the financial system to facilitate ransom payments. The advisories addressed red flags, reporting requirements, and potential sanctions risks involved in making payments in response to ransomware attacks...
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MAS on embracing technology and innovation in Compliance and Risk Management

Mas is collecting much more data – the foundation of any decision making, because of improving technologies, changing business needs, to satisfy regulatory requirements and to enhance risk management capabilities in our institutions. The financial system today is safer, simpler...
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UK Gov publishes The ML/ TF (Amendment) (No.3) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021

The list was amended in Nov 2021 - The aim remains tackling strategic deficiencies in the identified countries with regards to their national anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regimes.
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SFO reclaims £100,000 from Unaoil executive

Following a successful investigation and conviction of four individuals for corruption at Unaoil, the SFO has recovered criminal gains of almost £100,000 from a former senior executive. The SFO secured a court order to recover the funds, which will be paid into the public purse.
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COP26: Is corruption on the agenda?

As world leaders gather at COP26 to negotiate their climate change commitments, will they include a credible commitment to fight corruption? Corruption is strangely missing from the conversation...
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FinCEN renews real estate Geographic Targeting Orders for 12 metropolitan areas

FinCEN announced the renewal of its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate. Renewing the GTOs will further assist in tracking illicit...
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NatWest braces for £200m hit from ML fine

When the bank, formerly Royal Bank of Scotland, reports its third-quarter result, the figures are likely to include a hit of about £200 million in anticipation of a fine for failing to have the systems in place to stop suspected money laundering by one of its customers...
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