Underground bank and Money Laundering Typologies – Viets & Sino

The Perpetrator was Ruan Zhizhong who operated in China and Vietnam. In August 2009 Chinese law-enforcement raided an underground bank and money laundering gang that had sent an estimated USD1.46 billion abroad in illegal transfers. Chinese media reported that, “During a raid of the gang’s headquarters in Guangxi’s Fangchenggang City, Police seized 70 deposit books,Continue reading “Underground bank and Money Laundering Typologies – Viets & Sino”

Organized Crime boss control empire from prison

The perpetrator was Carson Yeung, Hong Kong hairdresser turned businessman who made his fortune trading in penny stocks/shares, eventually becoming the president of English football club Birmingham city football club in 2009. After years of high living the charges brought against him included money laundering totaling a value of USD92.8 million from entities including casinosContinue reading “Organized Crime boss control empire from prison”

Sudanese Banks take steps to end isolation

Banks in Sudanese have started moves to re-establish relations with foreign banks as the United States (US) prepares to remove Sudan from its state sponsor of terrorism (SSOT) list. Bankers and analysts say the process will likely be slow. Restoring international banking links could provide a vital boost to an economy still in crisis moreContinue reading “Sudanese Banks take steps to end isolation”

Nigeria – The African most populated giant Nation well-known for wrong reasons

There is a paper entitled “The Devastating impact of Money Laundering and other Economic and Financial Crimes on the Economy of Developing Countries: Nigeria as a Case Study” by Yusuf and Ibrahim from the International Islamic University Malaysia. The paper makes very interesting reading. You are encouraged to read, if you have a moment toContinue reading “Nigeria – The African most populated giant Nation well-known for wrong reasons”

The Ugly Ones are NOT YET born

The late Pablo Escobar, famous for the wrong reasons, was regarded as the richest and most successful criminal in world history. In 1989, Forbes magazine declared Escobar as the seventh (7th) richest man in the world. He had an estimated personal fortune of US$9 billion then. Pablo and his brother’s drug operational emporium were soContinue reading “The Ugly Ones are NOT YET born”

Genesis of Money Laundering – “Plata o Plomo”

In the field of Financial Crime Risk, operations, compliance, management, detection, investigations and prevention, the Professional and Certified Anti Money Laundering specialists (CAMS) and crime professionals have not yet all formally agreed on when or where the concept and act of “#money laundering” came from or invented. Some have argued that money laundering was notContinue reading “Genesis of Money Laundering – “Plata o Plomo””

Customer Due Diligence (CDD) – Final Rule

The regulatory landscape of Know Your Customer (KYC) Policies and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) requirements and expectations for Financial Institutions like Banks, Brokers, FinTech and Insurance Companies are always a moving target. In another write-ups I alluded to the Banking mandatory requirement of conducting Customer Due Diligence (CDD). For practical purpose and simplification, CDD wasContinue reading “Customer Due Diligence (CDD) – Final Rule”

Indonesia’s Ex-President Suharto’s greed

Surprisingly, it is not only in Africa where some Political Leaders want to cling on to power for more than three (3) decades in Office, Asia has had its own share of such leaders. The immense scale of Suharto’s dishonest conduct and greedy behavior of his alleged corruption led Transparency International to rank him numberContinue reading “Indonesia’s Ex-President Suharto’s greed”