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Cyprus damned on money laundering through leaked report

Almost 60 percent of one of the bailed out Cypriot bank’s clients are “high risk” in terms of money laundering and almost a third of all bank depositors’ records contain errors, according to a leaked EU report.

The report which was published by the Cypriot website – was drawn up in April by Moneyval, a unit of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, and by accountancy firm Deloitte on the request of eurozone finance ministers.

OFT fines Leicester-based estate agent almost twelve thousand pounds

The OFT, in its first formal Regulatory penalty, has fined Leicester-based IPS Estate Agents Limited £11,844 for failing to comply with anti-money laundering regulations. IPS failed to comply with a number of requirements under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, including those relating to: verifying the identity of customers keeping appropriate records ensuring that relevant staff […]

26.08.09 BTC Challenges HMRC over right to view SAR’s on supervisor compliance visits

It is Business Tax Centre’s understanding that SAR’s are an individual’s obligations covered under the Proceeds of Crime Act and not covered under the Money Laundering Regulations which covers a ‘Firms’ obligations to put into place appropriate policies and procedures for the prevention, detection and reporting of suspicious activity, and not the actual SAR itself which has a subjective test and offences which are covered in PoCA.