New U.S. sanctions intended to block a blacklisted Lebanese Shiite group from accessing the global financial system will likely raise compliance risks for lenders with operations in Lebanon and Europe, say analysts.
A pair of civil complaints relying on a Colombian insurgent group's ties to Hezbollah could prompt a rise in similar lawsuits and related subpoenas sent to banks, according to legal experts.
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday unanimously passed a bill aimed at foreign banks that provide financial services to Hezbollah, an Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shiite militant group.
A transactional data handover mandated under a $102 million settlement disclosed Tuesday between the U.S. Justice Department and a defunct Beirut bank will likely lead to new financial crime investigations.
As U.S. officials work to shield American prepaid cards from abuse by financial crooks, foreign-issued stored value products remain a relatively easy avenue to move money into the United States anonymously.
A decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming sanctions against Jordan's largest bank for not turning over data on suspicious accounts could leave some financial institutions with an unwanted choice, say attorneys.
The U.S. Treasury Department Friday fined a Sioux Falls, SD bank branch $10 million for not properly reporting instances of suspected structuring and terrorist financing.
Increases in the rates that U.S. states tax cigarette purchasers has led to a rise in tobacco smuggling by organized crime groups and terrorist financiers, say governmental officials.
Six months after the United States accused three Lebanon-based financial institutions of facilitating a colossal money laundering scheme, Lebanese officials and bankers say concerns about the nation's financial sector may be overblown.
The U.S. Justice Department is seeking $483 million in forfeitures related to an alleged trade-based money laundering scheme that funded Hezbollah through the sale of American cars in West Africa.
Pending civil complaints and recently unsealed documents in a case against a Luxembourg-based financial institution show the difficulty in collecting a landmark monetary penalty assessed against Iran for sponsoring terror, say analysts.
A Beirut-based lender acted as a "primary money laundering concern" by handling hundreds of millions of dollars for drug traffickers and a designated terrorist organization, U.S. officials said Thursday.
More than a dozen lawsuits against banks that allegedly provided accounts for terrorist organizations have stalled in court over the past five years, with none yet getting a trial date, court documents show.
A federal court's dismissal of a two-year old lawsuit against five Lebanese banks for allegedly providing financial services to Hizbollah could impact lawsuits against other banks facing similar cases.
The number of lawsuits against banks accused of providing financial services to designated terrorist groups may increase by more than fourfold this year, say terrorism analysts and attorneys.
Over 100 victims of Israeli terrorist attacks are suing one of China's largest banks for knowingly wiring millions of dollars to two blacklisted terrorist groups, even after Israeli counterterrorism agents commanded the institution to stop.
A program aimed at assuring donors that their donations to Muslim charities will not be handed over to terrorists is unlikely to offer any protections to banks, say terrorism consultants and former regulators.
Four Canadians are suing the Montreal branch of Lebanese-Canadian Bank, alleging that the institution knowingly provided financial services to Hizbollah, an organization blacklisted internationally for terrorism.
Israeli lawyer Itsana Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who represents victims of terrorism in lawsuits against banks, spoke recently with Fortent Inform reporter Brian Orsak about the suits and what banks should be doing to better monitor for terrorists attempting to exploit the financial system.
A ruling against National Westminster Bank in a lawsuit claiming it knowingly provided services to terrorists could make financial institutions reluctant to openly endorse anti-money laundering standards or best practices that are not legally binding, compliance consultants say.