According to the Iranian Parliament Research Centre, problems between Iranian and foreign banks is non-sanction related. The research centre writes that Iranian banks are lagging behind their Basel III requirements, specifically regulation, supervision, risk management, and the implementation of basic AML/CFT requirements. The research centre also pointed out that Iran lacks strong supervisory institutions in the […]

The DPRK uses a variety of schemes to circumvent sanctions and obtain the goods and services it requires. Recent reports reveal the details of one such procurement network in Malaysia. North Korean operatives abroad are known to engage in international trade in order to generate cash and obtain goods. Ri Jong Chol was one such […]

In another designation by the US Department of the Treasury, Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Abdallah Safi-al-din were listed as specially designated global terrorists. Bazzi was designated as one of Hizballah’s top financiers, and for his link to drug dealers and is alleged to have laundered money to fund terrorism. Bazzi is also reported to have […]

On 15 May 2018, the US Department of the Treasury‘s Office of Foreign Asset Control announced new sanctions against the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, the chairman and CEO of Al-Bilad Bank (Iraq), and a Hizballah financier. According to OFAC, Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran facilitated the movement […]

On 17 May 2018, reports indicated that a Canadian in Thunder Bay, Ontario, used proceeds from his coffee business to finance the alt-right. Thomas White donated some of his profits to the Daily Stormer legal defence fund and other causes such as Chris Cantwell’s (the crying neo-Nazi) Legal Defense Fund, the Right Stuff forum, Identity Evropa, […]

On 16 May 2018, Turkey’s state-controlled bank Halkbank’s deputy general manager (Mehmet Hakan Atilla) was sentenced following a January 2018 conviction for helping Iran evade US sanctions. He helped Iran spend oil money abroad using fake gold and food transactions as cover. The central figure in the scheme was a Turkish-Iranian gold trader  (Reza Zarrab) […]

The relationship between Credit Bank Moscow PJSC and Rosneft has become very close. Last year, Rosneft placed 22 billion rubles (~ $355 million US) in long-term deposits at the bank that do not come due until 2066, shoring up the bank’s capital at a time when it’s stability was in question. Rosneft is now one […]

On 11 May 2018, the US and the UAE announced that they had jointly taken action to disrupt a currency exchange network that facilitated financing for the IRGC-QF. The entities in question used their access to exchanges in the UAE to acquire US dollars that the IRGC-QF used to fund and arm its regional proxy […]

On 10 May 2018, a network of suspected AQ-linked Italian jihadists were arrested in Sardinia and in northern Italy. Ten of the individuals detained were accused of money laundering and distributing money to the jihadists, while another four are suspected of being a support cell for al-Nusra front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). Funds were reportedly raised […]

On 8 May 2018, a  former CIA officer was indicted on a charge of conspiring to commit espionage. Jerry Chun Shing Lee was approached by two Chinese intelligence officers who offered to pay him for information. The intelligence officers provided Lee with a series of email address through which they would communicate. The information Lee […]

In April 2018, the US Treasury Department added Myrna Mabanza, an Islamic State facilitator based in the Philippines, to their list of designated terrorists. Mabanza is a woman in her mid 20s who coordinated funds transfers on behalf of Islamic State in the Philippines. Treasury cites one instance in which she was involved in a […]

The Islamic State in West Africa launched a goodwill campaign aimed at winning over the local population in its territory. The group, which split from Boko Haram in 2016, has been digging wells, giving out seeds and fertilizer, and providing safe pasture for herders. The campaign has created an economy for the group to tax, […]

In March 2018, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested a number of individuals in Ramallah for receiving funds from Hamas. The individuals (mostly students at Birzit University) received approximately €150,000. The funds were funnelled to the head of a Hamas-affiliated student group by Hamas member Yassin Rabia. The money is reported to have come […]

The U.S. Treasury Department may start adding cryptocurrency addresses to its sanctions list if those addresses can be tied to a listed entity. While the addresses aren’t used more than once (as new addresses are generated each time a user requests money), compliance officers may still find the information helpful. Fundamentally, Treasury is signalling that […]

Standard Chartered’s branch in Singapore has been fined $3.94 million for breaching anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules. Transactions that took place between 2015 and 2016 between Guernsey and Singapore ($1.4 billion) suggested that the clients may have been trying to avoid common reporting standards. The clients involved in the transactions had links to the […]