Yakuza tribal cousins to the Triads and the Mafia

Italy has the Mafias. China has the Triads. Zambia has the Jerabos. Japan has the Yakuza. Yakuza, also known as gokudō, are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan, while the yakuza call themselves ninkyō dantai. The largest group inContinue reading “Yakuza tribal cousins to the Triads and the Mafia”

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”

The Jet-Setting Monk from the Tiger Kingdom

The propensity and affinity for some people to gauge an opportunity to misappropriate, embezzle or divert funds to increase one’s wealth is too great and irresistible. While they may consider themselves “under the radar,” the example below demonstrate that in the end crime doesn’t pay. The Perpetrator is Wirapol Sokphol a.k.a “The Jet-Setting Monk fromContinue reading “The Jet-Setting Monk from the Tiger Kingdom”

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”

Why Banks carry out Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) on Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

Some few salient points for further debate, discussion and dialogue. In my book, Financial Crime Risk Management and Compliance (2016) , I have provided some simpler working definitions for everyone to be on the same page. Money Laundering (ML) is the process by which criminals attempt to conceal or disguise the ownership and origin ofContinue reading “Why Banks carry out Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) on Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)”

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””