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World Money Laundering Report

Canada is a wonderfully peaceful place - most of the time. But outlaw motorcycle gangs and widespread cannabis cultivation are omnipresent threats. No one expected to find similar problems in New Zealand - until yesterday.

As off-site storage of hard copies becomes more common - as does outsourcing of document destruction - the question of liability for loss and / or security breaches becomes ever more important. A US insurance company has designed a policy specifically for that industry.

It really would be helpful if the USA would stop inventing new uses for existing terms: they did it with "billion" and "Orient," they get "protest" wrong and they really, really, really don't have a grip on "terrorism." But despite that, their warnings about "sovereign citizens" should not be ignored and financial institutions are in the front line.

"This case is a good example of how disregarding reporting and compliance can turn into a crime" : New Jersey District Attorney's Office. But still the USA fails, even in the most blatant cases, to prosecute a bank for money laundering.

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.

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