This was after Wong sought more time to submit his counter-affidavit in response to the complaint over the controversial $81-million laundered money from the Bank of Bangladesh which slipped through the Philippine financial system through the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC).
Based on the nine-page complaint filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), also facing a case for violation of Section 4 (a) and (b) of Republic Act (RA) No. 9160, otherwise known as the the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 is Chinese national Weikang Xu.
Section 4 (a) holds accountable for money laundering any person who transacts or attempts to transact a monetary instrument or property which represents, involves, or relates to, the proceeds of any unlawful activity; while section 4 (b) covers any person who performs or fails to perform any act despite knowledge that any monetary instrument or property involves the proceeds of any unlawful activity and, therefore, facilitates the offense of money laundering.
The Bank of Montreal’s CEO is defending the Canadian banking sector’s anti-money laundering practices following reports linking a major Canadian financial institution to a Panamanian law firm at the centre of a data leak on the use of offshore tax havens.
Bill Downe says Canadian banks have “dramatically” beefed up their anti-money laundering controls over the last seven to 10 years at the request of various governments around the world.
“I would say that the current Bank Secrecy Act anti-money laundering provisions, particularly involving U.S. dollar accounts, are extremely robust,” Downe said in an interview following the bank’s annual shareholder meeting in Toronto on Tuesday.
Wealthy people who fall under suspicion of criminal activity will have to explain before any charges how they came by their assets under a new anti-money laundering initiative announced by the British government on Thursday.
The plans will also increase the responsibility of businesses to report suspicious financial activity and introduce a criminal offense of illicit enrichment — targeting public officials who exploit their power.
Investigators will be able to designate a company as being “of concern in relation to money laundering”, a move that would force banks, law firms and accountants to use special measures when doing business with them.
The move is the latest in a series of steps the government has taken in the past year to beef up transparency and law enforcement powers in Britain’s financial system.
COMPANIES that facilitate or enable money laundering will be taken to task by the government as it looks to declare war on those who move, hide or use the proceeds of crime or corruption.
The Treasury and the Home Office have announced a new action plan for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance, three weeks before the prime minister speaks before a global anti-corruption summit.
The action plan intends to create an ‘enhanced law enforcement’ against the threat the UK finance system faces, including passing through ‘tough new legal powers’ to tackle criminals and the financing of terrorist organisations.
Also on the agenda is to reform the supervisory regime so the government can bring companies that facilitate money laundering to task, as well as increasing the ‘international reach’ of law enforcement agencies.
New evidence suggests that dozens of Metro Vancouver real estate firms are failing to adhere to anti-money laundering laws.
Vancouver’s hectic, high-priced real estate market can be a great place for money launderers to ply their trade, which is why federal financial regulators decided to investigate 80 realtors and real estate brokers.
“Nobody is watching the henhouse other than the foxes,” BC NDP Leader John Horgan said. “(Housing minister) Rich Coleman has said over and again, ‘We’re in touch with the market because we talk to the Real Estate Board.’ That’s important but we need more than that.”
Of the 80 realtor offices investigated by the federal money-laundering watchdog, 55 had significant or very significant deficiencies when it came collecting key information from buyers.
March 8, 2016 – Ottawa – Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today tabled in Parliament the 2015 Annual Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. The report details the activities and operations that Canada’s financial intelligence unit carried out in 2014–15 to help protect Canadians and the integrity of Canada’s financial system.
Over this reporting period, FINTRAC provided a record 1,260 disclosures of actionable financial intelligence to its law enforcement and national security partners to assist their investigations of money laundering, terrorism financing and threats to the security of Canada. The Centre also developed indicators specific to individuals traveling abroad to assist terrorist organizations in order to facilitate the reporting by Canadian businesses of suspicious transactions related to the financing of terrorism. As well, FINTRAC worked with its counterparts on several international initiatives targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s funding sources.
The report also details the broad range of enabling and enforcement activities that the Centre undertook to ensure that businesses met their obligations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, including conducting compliance examinations, levying administrative monetary penalties, providing policy interpretations, hosting conferences and addressing thousands of inquiries from businesses. The compliance efforts of Canadian businesses and, in particular, the financial transaction reports they provide to FINTRAC are the foundation of its analysis and the intelligence that it is able to provide to its law enforcement and national security partners.
Irish betting operator Paddy Power has been hit with nearly £310k in fines and penalties following a UK Gambling Commission probe into the company’s anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer practices.
On Monday, the UKGC released a statement detailing “failures in anti-money laundering controls” at Paddy’s online and land-based betting businesses. The UKGC said it was spotlighting Paddy’s “serious failings” in the hope that other UK-licensed operators would take note and avoid a similar trip to the regulatory woodshed.
In the first case detailed by the UKGC, Paddy’s retail operations were slammed for not properly ascertaining the source of the funds a high-value customer was wagering via fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT).
The Philippines is training its sights on the gaming sector in a renewed push to curb the transmission of illicit funds.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has started investigating news reports that as much as $100 million of suspicious funds were remitted to three casinos’ bank accounts, according to a statement Wednesday. The government agency expects the casinos, which it didn’t name, to submit their comments on the allegation this week.
The gaming regulator’s comments come a day after Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Teresita Herbosa warned the country risks returning to the list of nations that aren’t doing enough to fight money laundering if laws aren’t strengthened to include sectors like casinos among institutions required to report suspicious transactions. If that happens, Philippine transactions including overseas remittances that amounted to more than $25 billion last year would be subject to increased scrutiny.