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Money Laundering

Much store is placed on "mixers," which are also known as "blenders" and "tumblers." Let's strip away the myth.

AUSTRAC, Australia's combined FIU and regulator, yesterday issued civil (not criminal) proceedings against Crown alleging "serious and systemic non-compliance."

The action is against Crown Resources in both Sydney and Melbourne. The allegations are that, despite previous action and warnings, Crown remains short of the minimum standards that AUSTRAC requires.

It's been a long time coming - a major bank is subject to criminal prosecution in its home jurisdiction for money laundering.

Or so the hundreds, if not thousands, of headlines say.

But the attention is misplaced because the bank is not charged with money laundering, but - as has happened so often in the past - a money laundering related offence.

It's been modified from the advance fee fraud e-mails that we are used to and someone has been to writing lessons.

It starts with an unusual approach, then moves into the same technique as we've seen from this name dozens of times over many years.

Oh, and he uses UN.ORG as the "from" address. Cheeky.

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Here's our pick of the day's top five financial crime related stories picked up around the 'web.

Luke Raven, Compliance Manager with Wise, Australia, outlines the failures of the Senate Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre to come to terms with one of Australia's pet technology topics: fintechs.

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Waheed Zaman explains that the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has widespread implications for money laundering and a range of other financial crimes.

This piece was written on 22 August 2021, almost immediately after the fall of Kabul.

adviserangelo0@gmail.com (Advisor Angelo) writes under the subject line "VERY URGENT!!!!!!!!!"

Obviously, one has to pay careful attention to such a missive.

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The origins of the SPAC, an acronym that has taken on a life of its own with the actual name falling into disuse, are not recent. In fact, as a concept, it's 300 years old - originating in a time of corporate malfeasance, fraud and abuse of investors.

As a vehicle, then, it's perfectly suited to be recognised by regulators who think they are being progressive.

Oh, and it's a near magical route for the expatriation of funds generated by organised crime i.e. money laundering.

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The USA's Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the accounts of a foreign registered fund operated by two US residents.

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Sometimes the headlines just write themselves.

Like this one.

Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, of Los Angeles, was charged yesterday with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. In a plea agreement Kreuper has pleaded guilty to the two charges that carry a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in federal prison.

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