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US sanctions Russian accused of laundering Ryuk ransomware funds

Ekaterina Zhdanova is accused of using virtual currency exchange transfers and fraudulent accounts to launder money for Russian elites, ransomware groups and other bad actors to help them evade economic sanctions imposed on Russia’s financial system…

The role of cryptocurrency in financing terrorist organisations

Former federal prosecutor Ari Redbord joins Ali Rogin to discuss how terrorist groups are using cryptocurrency to fund their operations and how law enforcement is responding…

AML Rightsource unveils nine best practices for a successful compliance system implementation

A compliance department’s function is integral for safe business and legally mandated. As such, any legacy system change, even if necessary, is met with extreme caution and trepidation…

AML Rightsource insights on ‘Improving efficiency and your financial crimes program’

The article highlights the key points: improving data quality, fully use the systems you have in place, adding technology and advanced analytics, automate the SAR filing process…

JJCFinTech’s industry perspective on ‘Effective Client Lifecycle Management – A Case for Change’

Many Financial services firms have invested $billions in meeting their Anti-Financial Crime and Client Lifecycle Management regulations. Despite all the investment, this is still rated as the most dysfunctional, highly penalised and operationally frustrating processes…

OCCRP: The dictators’ bank: How Central America’s main development bank enabled corruption and authoritarianism

msg Rethink Compliance releases its AML Industry Benchmarking Report 2022

The 2022 AML Benchmarking Report builds takes an even deeper dive into EWRAs using aggregated data from hundreds of risk assessments and hundreds of survey respondents. The report’s insights can help organisations better understand ML/TF risks and the effectiveness of specific controls to reduce residual risk exposures…

UK authorities criticised for failing to prosecute financial crime enablers and rich tax cheats

Prosecutors in UK have been accused of being too timid in targeting financial criminals, with two separate reports last month highlighting low levels of enforcement against both financiers tasked with reporting suspicious money flows and wealthy tax cheats…

 

 

European Parliament and Council calls for clear rules on EC’s AML package

The Parliament highlights that the rules on identifying customers’ beneficial owners “have to be calibrated correctly and fit well within customer due diligence processes”. It also indicates that the ‘control exercised via other means’ criteria needs to be clear, workable and enforceable…

$2.8b money laundering accused is IT company CEO but does not know where office is: DPPs

A man arrested in the $2.8 billion money laundering case claims to be the chief executive of a computer support firm, but does not even know where his office is. In fact, investigations show this firm is a shell company, prosecutors said…

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has overhauled its ‘Master’ Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines

RBI has issued new guidelines for Know Your Customer (KYC) to strengthen the customer verification system. Under this, banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) have been asked to adopt a risk-based approach regarding KYC updates from time to time…

1 in 3 firms compliant with AML regime – SRA annual report

The report details the regulator’s stance and approach to AML regulation for law firms. The SRA warns that it is increasing its focus to “ensure that all solicitors understand and meet the obligations of the financial sanction regime.” Over the past 12 months the SRA have completed…