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A legislative commission tasked with investigating money laundering and related crimes in Paraguay published a report connecting former President Horacio Cartes to crimes ranging from cigarette smuggling to money laundering, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, tax evasion, and bribery.

The Financial Action Task Force of Latin America published a new mutual evaluation report concerning the anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing framework of Paraguay, assessing the country against international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force.

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  • The U.S. State Department classifies Paraguay as a major money laundering country. Paraguay is part of the tri-border area, which is comprised of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and is a region associated with multi-billion-dollar illicit goods trade, the trafficking of Andean cocaine, arms smuggling and significant amounts of money laundering. Other money laundering vulnerabilities in the include: a large number of unregistered exchange houses; a primarily cash-based economy in the tri-border area; the use of false or borrowed names to register businesses; lax regulation of import-export businesses and casinos; weak border controls; corrupt, overwhelmed, or untrained government agents; and insufficient oversight of a high-volume of money transfers to Lebanon and China. Criminal organizations often disguise the laundering of illicit proceeds through flows and sales of goods by using corrupt government officials.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)


FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 17 High : 0
Largely Compliant : 20 Substantial : 1
Partially Compliant : 2 Moderate : 9
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 1
Not-Applicable : 1


Rank : 24/141
Score : 6.45/10


Rank : 137/179
Score : 28/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 88/133
Score : 77/100