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In the iconic TV series, The Magic Roundabout, an old man with a beard rides a tricycle around the garden, making "wheeeee" noises that attract a lot of attention but seem to have little substance. He's the gardener, but his lack of clear purpose means that the garden is, well, let's say, a little unkempt. Fast forward almost 45 years and another Mr McHenry is making noises with, seemingly, worryingly little understanding of what he's talking about. And he's part of the Trump infotainment system that is encouraging the President to make bad policy based on misinformation or, as it's called...

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The Law Society's Gazette is reporting that Mischon de Reya, a London law firm has been ordered to pay damages to its client which purchased a property from a fraudster. The case is going to appeal. Nigel Morris-Cotterill looks at the first instance judgment of a case that has enormous implications for KYC/Due Diligence for financial institutions. Part 1.

Business information service provider Thompson Reuters has agreed to issue an apology and to pay damages to the Finsbury Park Mosque in a case that has great implications for the financial sector and its data providers, particularly in relation to so-called "due diligence" databases, in this case the World-Check database that the company bought, as a going concern, in 2011. Read more for how this creates problems for FCROs.

In a majorly embarrassing incident, has imposed additional licence conditions on the Australian financial services licence of NAB's superannuation trustee, NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited (NULIS), following breakdowns in internal procedures.

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The USA's Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice relating to a spam scam that is prevalent as companies prepare tax information for employees (see US tax authorities warn of increasingly effective phishing spam-scam. It has also issued an explanation of how some fraudsters operate.

The 1 Malaysia Development Fund, which recently received a 17m cash injection from China, despite frequent protestations that there are no money issues, is rapidly turning into a rich income stream for regulators or the governments onto which it passes its profits. After being ordered to pay a substantial penalty in Singapore, RBS Coutts has now been ordered to stump up a lot of Swiss Francs by the authorities there.

BankWest, a division of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, failed to apply interest credits to offset accounts. It's having to make a big refund to thousands of customers.

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The USA's Internal Revenue Service has, for some time, been warning corporations of a spam-scam targeting companies. But now, it says, it has evidence that it is spreading into "school districts, tribal organizations and non-profits." and other sectors. But that's not all: the criminals have found a way of hitting the same targets twice.

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On 30 January 2017, the NYDFS superintendent, Maria Vullo, announced that Deutsche Bank would pay a fine of USD425 million for failures in counter-money laundering systems and controls, in an investigation closely linked with a similar investigation into the same facts by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority. What the NYDFS found is disturbing.

Late last year, there were rumours of fundamental financial instability at German bank Deutsche Bank (Deutsche). In September, the German government said it would not provide support for the bank. Speculation was rife as to why but perhaps the strongest was that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, was already on a sinking raft in heavy political seas. Then Deutsche started doing deals to settle regulatory cases and the sums are adding up to so much that the future of the bank must now be in doubt.

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A Parliamentary Bill in the UK goes through several stages: first the knockabout (if MPs are awake) in the House of Commons. Then it goes to a Committee Stage and then to the House of Lords. Although those bodies cannot, in effect, cancel the Bill, they can send it back to the Commons for various purposes. With cross-party support, the Bill passed with 498 votes to 114. That was closer than many would have liked.

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The Sumatran Rhino is beyond cute but it's not fluffy so when it went functionally extinct in Malaysia in late 2015, hardly anyone noticed. Attempts to save it have been continuing for years with some successes and many failures. A small dedicated team refuses to give up. What, we wondered, could we come up with if we set our colleagues over at The Anti Money Laundering Network the task of the kind of identify-the-dots-that-don't-appear-to-join-up thinking they use in relation to financial crime that they use as the basis for leaps of faith, illogical jumps and a bit of over-the-horizon thinking. The results give some clues and where they led us was via the Sumatran Rhino to possibilities of producing humans to order to colonise other worlds. But first, let's start with the problems facing the world's smallest (but not pigmy) rhino.

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority has issued a warning relating to a suspicious internet banking mobile application (App) related to Wing Lung Bank Limited.

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