Money laundering

Former BSI manager arrested in Brazil for laundering bribe case

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Spanish-Swiss banker with laundering $21.7 million in graft money for Brazilian clients involved in the country’s largest corruption scandal, including jailed former lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha, Reuters reported.

The former relationship manager of Zurich-based BSI bank, was arrested at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport as he got off a flight from Switzerland on Nov. 27 and is being held in Curitiba, the centre of the so-called Car Wash investigation.

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Money laundering: Britain to set up a national economic crime centre

Britain said on Monday it would create a new national economic crime center to crack down harder on money laundering by drug dealers and people traffickers who are expected to net 90 billion pounds ($120.3 billion) this year, home secretary Amber Rudd said. Rudd announced plans for a national economic crime centre that will sit within the National Crime Agency (NCA) and will be backed by greater intelligence and analytical capabilities.

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Switzerland to return $321 million in stolen funds to Nigeria

Following a deal signed between the Swiss government and the World Bank, Switzerland is to return approximately $321 million in seized assets to Nigeria, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The money was taken from the family of former Nigerian military ruler Sani Abacha who was accused by corruption watchdog Transparency International of stealing up to $5 billion in public funds during his five years in power in the oil-rich country from 1993 until his death in 1998.

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Black Money: Swiss panel gave OK for exchange data with India

In a big thrust to the Indian government’s crackdown on black money inside and outside the country, a key parliamentary panel in Switzerland has approved an automatic information exchange pact between the two countries.
India had sought an approval from Switzerland to get an instant access to the details on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks.

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Swiss Panel to discuss how to share information over Black Money

The Committee on Economy and Royalties of the National Council or CER-N, a key panel of Swiss parliament which rejected on August 15 a proposal seeking to outrightly suspend implementation of the AEOI Switzerland has agreed to adopt with 41 nations including India, will examine the criteria a country would need to satisfy to start getting access to data under the automatic information exchange.

According to the minutes of the last meeting of the committee, the CER-N will continue its examination at a meeting on September 11 of the 41 AEOIs agreed upon by the Federal Council, the highest decision making body of Swiss government.

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Singapore sentenced former BSI banker over 1MDB scandal

Former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei was on Wednesday sentenced to four-and-a-half years jail for money laundering and cheating, in a case linked to an investigation involving Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Yeo, 34, had set up multiple suspicious transactions involving 1MDB, and admitted he secretly profited at least $3.5 million from the illicit transactions. He laundered a portion of the money by transferring at least $500,000 into his parents’ bank account.

Prosecutors identified Yeo as a central figure linked to Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, who was characterised by US investigators as the controller of a plan to drain billions from 1MDB.

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