A U.S. Treasury Department decision to effectively lift sanctions on four of Myanmar's largest banks has done little to entice American financial institutions to do business in the country, say industry representatives.
Africa loses $333.778 billion annually to due to capital flight, Fiji's FIU received 728 STRs in 2011 and 318 of those reports were sent to law enforcement for further investigation, and more, in the weekly roundup.
FinCEN will hold a public hearing on July 31 to discuss potential beneficial ownership-related due diligence rules, German tax authorities searched the homes of Credit Suisse clients over alleged tax evasion charges, and more, in the midweek roundup.
Two Venezuelan politicians may be tied to five people arrested for running an alleged $10 million money laundering scheme, loopholes in New Zealand's AML legislation often let criminals go unpunished, and more, in the midweek roundup.
Any changes to U.S. economic sanctions policies on Sudan and Myanmar will be slow moving, if they occur at all, despite recent diplomatic overtures and speculation, say analysts.
U.S. lawmakers, responding to a violent crackdown on protesters in August, are seeking to stop Myanmar's military leadership from importing rubies into the U.S. and laundering the proceeds through U.S. companies with business interests in Myanmar.