Category: Money Laundering

The Fallout From Onecoin’s Ponzi Scheme Continues to Impact Investors

Onecoin's Ponzi Scheme Demise and Aftermath Continues to Impact InvestorsIn late 2019, the remnants of multi-level Ponzi scheme Onecoin crumbled. However, Onecoin’s founder, dubbed the ‘crypto queen,’ Ruja Ignatova, remains on the run and law enforcement haven’t caught up with her yet. Moreover, police are investigating two churches in New Zealand that allegedly have links to the Onecoin operation and founders. Also read: Onecoin […]

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Alexander Vinnik Accused of Laundering Billions Through BTC-e Extradited to France

Russian Alexander Vinnik Accused of Laundering Billions Through BTC-e Extradited to FranceAlexander Vinnik, the Russian-born IT specialist who spent over two years in detention in Greece, where he was arrested on a U.S. warrant, is now in Paris. The alleged BTC-e operator, suspected of laundering at least $4 billion through the now defunct crypto exchange, has been handed over to France after the Greek judiciary turned […]

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Unnecessary Evil: How Government Regulations Kill Crypto Startups and Encourage Crime

Unnecessary Evil: How Government Regulations Kill Crypto Startups and Encourage CrimeThanks to the EU’s most recent money laundering directive, a small business called Post-a-coin, which sold cute postcards pre-loaded with tiny amounts of bitcoin, is being forced to shut down. Meanwhile, the most heinous criminals in history are continuing to facilitate violence, trafficking and laundering of cash with impunity. Also Read: Why the Counter Economy […]

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Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alexander Vinnik

Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alexander VinnikThe Supreme Administrative Court of Greece has suspended a decision to extradite the alleged BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik. The temporary measure has been imposed to allow the review of an appeal against the extradition. The Russian national, accused of laundering billions of dollars through the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange, started a new hunger strike last […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Raises $700,000 in Crypto Donations

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Raises $700,000 in Crypto DonationsAlexei Navalny, Russia’s leading critic of the current Kremlin administration, has attracted a serious amount of cryptocurrency in the form of anonymous donations for his corruption-combatting NGO. The digital coins collected since the beginning of this year have amounted to well over $700,000 at current prices. Also read: Russian Tax Authority Registers Crypto as Part […]

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Australia Probes Big Four Bank Accused of 23 Million Money Laundering Breaches

Australia Probes Big Four Bank Accused of 23 Million Money Laundering BreachesWith stricter new regulations on the horizon for the crypto space around the world, Australians have found that it’s actually their traditional financial institutions that have been breaching well-established anti-money laundering rules and other industry standards this year. Westpac, one of the country’s largest banks, is now under investigation for millions of purported violations of […]

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Accused Onecoin Co-Conspirators Fight Criminal Charges in the US

Accused Onecoin Co-Conspirators Fight Criminal Charges in the USThe Onecoin scam, a multi-level Ponzi scheme that acquired $4 billion from investors has been falling apart at the seams. Criminal proceedings have started against Onecoin leaders and one alleged associate who was found guilty of laundering $400 million has asked a New York judge for more time to process an acquittal motion. Additionally, according […]

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Big Banks Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Crimes

Big Banks Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking CrimesUnlike the unfounded narrative that cryptocurrency enables crime, big banks are more than happy to serve unsavory clients if it is lucrative enough for them. The latest example of this is a report that Jeffrey Epstein was apparently using his bank accounts to fund sex trafficking and possibly other crimes. Also Read: Deutsche Bank Collapse […]

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Crypto Regulations Are Changing Worldwide to Comply With FATF Standards

Crypto Regulations Are Changing Worldwide to Comply With FATF StandardsGovernments worldwide are changing the way they regulate crypto assets to comply with the global cryptocurrency standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Some are amending existing laws, while others are creating a new system to cooperate and share data. Also read: China Publishes New Rankings of 37 Crypto Projects A New Crypto […]

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Big Banks, Big Troubles: HSBC, Deutsche, Societe, and Citi Lay Off Thousands Worldwide

Big Banks, Big Troubles: HSBC, Deutsche, Societe, and Citi Lay Off Thousands WorldwideBanking giants are in trouble and it’s starting to show. Key players in the industry have already announced massive job cuts and executives with hefty salaries have been dismissed. HSBC, the largest bank in Europe, has revealed it plans to lay off over 4,000 employees and Citigroup is preparing to shrink its trading staff slashing […]

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Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant Labels

Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant LabelsThe recent seizure of a cargo ship owned by JP Morgan, a vessel loaded with 20 tons of cocaine according to latest accounts, highlighted the risks of banks’ involvement in illicit activities, inadvertent or otherwise. And although U.S. authorities released the MSC Gayane after the owner, JP Morgan’s asset management arm, and the operator, Mediterranean […]

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Money Laundering Scandals Bring Court Charges and Record Job Cuts to Euro Banks

Money Laundering Scandals Bring Euro Banks Court Charges and Record Job CutsThe international financial establishment is known to express concern about the risks of money laundering when the crypto space is mentioned. A string of scandals indicates, however, that traditional banks are not only susceptible to the phenomenon but sometimes complicit, whether knowingly or inadvertently. New chapters have been added to the saga over the last […]

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G20 Prepares to Regulate Crypto Assets – a Look at Current Policies

G20 Prepares to Regulate Crypto Assets - a Look at Current PoliciesFollowing their joint declaration committing to regulate crypto assets, the G20 countries are now preparing to set crypto policies at the upcoming summit. Several international organizations have contributed resources and are actively working to help shape the regulations. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s Request G20 Prepares to Discuss Crypto Policies […]

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How the World’s Leading Banks Help Launder $2 Trillion a Year

The World's Leading Banks Help Launder $2 Trillion a YearSome of the most well known banks in the world are also the biggest money launderers. The recent Troika Laundromat affair added another $8 billion to the trillions financial institutions wash every year. Over $2 trillion is laundered annually by criminals who utilize various ways to hide money in banks, which are often complicit or […]

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Onecoin Leaders Indicted in the U.S. for Operating ‘Fraudulent Pyramid Scheme’

On March 8, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced that officials have indicted two of the top leaders of the notorious Onecoin project. The prosecutors charged Onecoin cofounders Konstantin Ignatov and Ruja Ignatova with a slew of charges in connection with defrauding investors. Konstantin Ignatov […]

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1.3 Million Leaked Transactions Link Major Banks to $8.8 Billion Money Laundering Scheme

1.3 Million Leaked Transactions Link Major Banks to $8.8 Billion Money Laundering SchemeA new set of reports by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, compiled from over 1.3 million leaked transactions from 238,000 companies, have linked many major banks to a scheme to channel billions of dollars out of Russia. The Troika Laundromat is unique in that “it was created by a prestigious financial institution.” Also […]

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Nordea Bank Faces Allegations of Laundering Russian Millions

Nordea Bank Scandal: Firm Faces Allegations of Laundering Russians' MillionsFinnish public broadcaster YLE will air a damning program on March 4 that reveals Nordea Bank’s alleged involvement in a multi-million-dollar money laundering scheme. The program will show how dirty money, mostly from Russian criminals, passed through Nordea, the biggest lender in the Nordic region. Also read: Startup Company Sets Up Bitcoin ATM in Botswana […]

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