A European Parliamentary committee Thursday approved far-reaching changes to the EU's rules combating money laundering and terrorist financing, including an amendment that would require nations to publicize corporate owners.
British asset management firms are failing to adequately address their vulnerabilities to money laundering, bribery and corruption, the United Kingdom's chief financial regulator said Thursday.
Calls for a survey of how U.S. banks monitor high-risk accounts are likely to be ignored even if such a review would expose anti-money laundering compliance gaps, say industry experts.
Three intergovernmental groups are questioning the effectiveness of anti-money laundering controls meant to curb abuses of corrupt political figures who steal from their countries.
A Miami-based bank is expected to agree to pay between $10 million and $15 million to the U.S. government in the next month for Bank Secrecy Act violations, according to individuals familiar with the matter.
An ousted Tunisian leader's transfer of suspect funds into Western bank accounts highlights the pitfalls financial institutions face when they maintain relationships for foreign political leaders, say analysts.
After 11 days of testimony and three days of deliberations, a Texas jury found former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay guilty on Wednesday of laundering nearly $200,000 in illicit corporate donations.
The trial of former U.S. lawmaker Tom DeLay for allegedly laundering campaign funds will likely hinge on whether Texas state prosecutors can prove he attempted to cover up corporate donors, say lawyers.
An intergovernmental group said Wednesday that it was considering asking countries to make tax evasion a predicate crime of money laundering and to issue tougher AML standards on political figures.
Two initiatives to recover assets embezzled by corrupt political leaders will result in banks receiving more subpoenas and data requests from law enforcement, say analysts.
Inconsistent international forfeiture laws continue to hamper global asset forfeitures, according to Stefan D. Cassella, chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering section of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.
Anti-money laundering professionals who have to cope with a lack of resources aren't alone. The United Nations' anti-money laundering efforts are global in reach but also suffer from limited funding, according to Delphine Schantz, the anti-money laundering advisor at the United Nations' GPML.
Few small financial firms in the U.K. have adequate anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance programs, including enhanced due diligence controls for high-risk clients, Britain's top financial regulator said Monday.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee called for reforms Thursday to better detect when corrupt foreign politicians hide dirty money in the United States, including the implementation of federal beneficial ownership rules.
The United States has asked Guatemala to extradite former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo for allegedly laundering embezzled funds through at least three U.S. bank branches, according to court documents.
We never said compliance professionals had it easy, and 2010 doesn't look to be a year when things will be any better for the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing industry.
A group of seasoned attorneys and investigators is launching a non-profit organization to help developing countries recover some of the billions of dollars in assets plundered by corrupt political leaders.
Nine jurisdictions, including Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Macau, have joined the Toronto-based international consortium of financial intelligence units known as the Egmont Group. Several of the new members have been the object of critical Financial Action Task Force evaluations in recent years.
International efforts to combat corruption associated with the political elite are only now beginning to bear fruit, buoyed by maturing anti-money laundering programs, say compliance consultants.
Under the initiative, the organizations will provide training and aid for developing countries seeking to recover funds stolen by corrupt leaders and transferred to financial institutions in foreign jurisdictions.