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World Money Laundering Report

It's a mark of just how tunnel-visioned the USA's counter-money laundering strategy is that it is only now getting around to thinking about including non-bank lenders in its regulatory net. The US needs a massive kick in the soft bits and told to get its law sorted out, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill, Head, The Anti Money Laundering Network. It's time the FATF stepped in and issued a warning about the USA, he says.

As Lord Woolf confirms that the Court of Appeal was wrong to allow John "Goldfinger" Palmer to retain proceeds of fraud, the Home Office is deciding whether to try to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to attack the funds. Easy-peasy, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill

It may not be scientific research but the word-of-mouth system around South East England last week was that the property boom was already in the grip of a downturn as the IMF issued a report saying that it was all rosy. Last year, the UK housing market, according to some reports, soared 25% by average house price value.

The Associated Law Societies of Canada have succeeded in their attempts to overturn some of Canada's requirements that lawyers report

Russia is to be admitted to the Financial Action Task Force at its plenary meeting in Berlin this coming June.

The full text of the 2003 writ in the case of the USA's SEC v KMPG JOSEPH T. BOYLE, MICHAEL A.
CONWAY, ANTHONY P. DOLANSKI and RONALD A. SAFRAN alleging "Defendants KPMG LLP ("KPMG") and certain KPMG partners permitted Xerox Corporation ("Xerox") to manipulate its accounting practices and fill a USD3,000 million "gap" between actual operating results and results reported to the investing public from 1997 through 2000." Civil Action No. 03-CV-0671(DLC) COMPLAINT SECURITIES FRAUD Reproduced verbatim.

On 29 January 2003, KPMG issued a press release responding to the writ issued by the SEC. The full text of the KPMG release is below.

The signatures on the covering letter (strangely undated) sent to Congress are immediately striking: Greenspan, O'Neill and Pitt. The report is dated 31 December 2002 and that is the date it was released. Presumably, then, that is the date that should have been on the letter.

Hui Wei-chun, 39, unemployed, was jailed for two years and 10 months, and Cheung Kam-lun, 54, merchant, was jailed for two years and nine months in Hong Kong for their parts in laundering schemes. In mitigation, the court rejected a claim that they had been "entrapped" into committing the offence.

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