St. Lucia

New Documents

The U.S. Justice Department unsealed a 21-count superseding indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York that charges 36 alleged members of a New York City-based street gang with conspiring to distribute drugs, firearms trafficking and money laundering, among other crimes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin filed an indictment accusing five defendants of participating in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $1.1 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans.

News

Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Futures Commission issued a disciplinary action against the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., requiring it to pay a $350 million fine for serious supervisory, risk, compliance and anti-money laundering controls deficiencies.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore announced that Goldman Sachs Singapore Pte, the Singapore-based entity of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will pay a $122 million fine and $61 million in disgorgement to settle its involvement in the 1MDB scandal.


Key Documents

Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department identifies St. Lucia as a major money laundering jurisdiction. Although St. Lucia’s expanding citizenship by investment programs and international businesses raise concerns regarding its potential to enable corruption, the jurisdiction has adopted new amendments that limit such risks, by for example, limiting tax exemptions for investment firms that are considered residents of the jurisdiction and requiring better information sharing programs. The amended legislation also requires resident entities to maintain a register of beneficial owners. Despite these amendments, the jurisdiction's geographic location and porous borders increase its risks of money laundering  of drug trafficking proceeds. Money laundering most commonly occurs through structured deposits, currency exchanges, cash real estate transactions, jewelry dealers, legal services, and nonprofit organizations.
Source: 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)  

Rankings

FATF i

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 0 High :
Largely Compliant : 3 Substantial :
Partially Compliant : 14 Moderate :
Non-Compliant : 31 Low :
Not-Applicable : 1

BASEL i

Rank : 89/125
Score : 4.73/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 48/180
Score : 55/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 132/133
Score : 71/100