A father and son face criminal charges for allegedly using their building supply firm in Florida as a "shadow bank," allowing several companies in Venezuela to wire more than $100 million of suspicious funds into and through the U.S. financial system with little or no regulatory scrutiny.
With its next presidential election less than a week away, Venezuela has more than an unplanned transition in leadership to sort out. It has, once again, a growing problem with capital flight.
A U.S. official's threat last month of economic sanctions against four Chinese banks is likely to be toothless given economic and enforcement hurdles, say sanctions analysts.
U.S. officials have secretly solicited and, at times, received data from foreign banks on accounts tied to Iranian entities, without notifying the accountholders of the requests, say sources.
U.S. lawmakers Thursday questioned how a blacklisted Lebanese terrorist organization works with political leaders and narco-traffickers in Latin America.
Congressional leaders called for the U.S. State Department to deem Venezuela a State Sponsor of Terrorism Friday for allegedly supporting Iran's nuclear weapons efforts and a blacklisted South American separatist group.
Crackdowns on currency exchange and bond swap businesses in Mexico and Venezuela are prompting some U.S. banks to turn away secondary market businesses in Latin America even when they operate legitimately, say consultants.
Italian authorities freeze $31 million at the Vatican Bank, MENAFATF criticizes Lebanon's AML regime and laundered art is returned to Brazil, in this week's news roundup.
Additional banking and trade restrictions that target the finance and supply of Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs were passed by the U.N. Security Council Wednesday.
Venezuela's takeover of at least 30 bond brokerages on money laundering charges will do little to stem the tide of illicit proceeds flowing into the country, say analysts.
A Swiss official warns that the United States plans legal action if a deal to hand over UBS account data is blocked, China announces that it has tweaked its counterterrorism laws and Ecuador says it will be off of FATF's blacklist by June, in this week's news roundup.
Brian Stoeckert, president of Los Angeles-based Stoeckert Consulting, Inc. spoke with reporter Larissa Bernardes about risks associated with a Venezuelan bond swap.
Bolivia's decision to oust the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from the country will likely open the way for increase in regional drug trafficking and organized crime, say analysts.
The U.S. government Friday blacklisted two senior Venezuelan officials and a former official - all in high-ranking positions pledged to fight criminals and terrorists - for aiding a designated terrorist group, a glancing blow to a country becoming increasingly more hostile to the U.S.
A Venezuelan securities exchange market has raised concerns among U.S. Treasury Department representatives, who say that the process lacks transparency and may be ripe for abuse, according to Luis Rivases, president of the Venezuelan Capital Markets Compliance Officers Association.
The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted a Colombian money exchange house over its alleged ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group identified as a terrorist organization by the United States since 1997.
Iran is considering purchasing at least one of three Venezuelan banks to circumvent international sanctions requiring many of the world's banks to freeze the funds of five Iranian financial institutions, according to anti-money laundering consultants and Iranian news reports cited by the BBC.
The Bush administration may blacklist Venezuela as a state sponsor of terror, a move that could restrict business between the South American country and U.S. companies, according to a news report.
Nine Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives Friday calling on the Bush administration to sanction Venezuela over its ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Two Venezuelan businessmen accused by U.S. prosecutors of acting as clandestine agents for Hugo Chavez's government have dropped a lawsuit against American Express Bank International related to $25 million the men had placed with the bank.