Early last month, a British blogger and weapons expert faced a tough choice: he could continue poring through hundreds of YouTube videos to help identify weapons flowing to Syrian rebels or return full-time to a day job and pay the bills. Posting his work under the moniker "Brown Moses," Eliot Higgins has, in the past year, seen his once obscure research cited by several mainstream publications and nonprofit groups. A February story in The New York Times reporting apparent sanctions violations involving the sale of Croatian arms to Syrian rebel groups leaned heavily on his work. But then Higgins ran...
A New York City councilman is charged with laundering money stolen from public funds, a prominent car dealership owner is accused of bilking cash from Chrysler and the UAE sees a 48 percent jump in suspicious transaction reports, in this week's news roundup.
A recent penalty by an Australian financial regulator against e-commerce site PayPal for weak anti-money laundering controls could prod U.S. regulators to more closely scrutinize companies with similar business models.
A U.S. prosecutor in eastern Missouri has used a powerful money laundering law that was strengthened by the USA Patriot Act to threaten PayPal with criminal and civil charges for transmitting criminal proceeds.