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Virtual Currency Money Laundering

Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender... more +
Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender status, Virtual Currency is still traded and exchanged in some environments, typically online environments or communities. Bitcoin is the most well-known form of Virtual Currency.    less -

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

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Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

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In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

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Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

Virtual Currency May Not Be Money but Dismissal Is Real

Is bitcoin money? Not according to a Florida judge who threw out criminal charges against a defendant accused of money laundering and acting as an unlicensed money services business in violation of state law. What...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #4

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Editor's Note - What Exactly Is Bitcoin? In a case featuring a sting operation beginning with meetings in a coffee shop, ice cream store and hotel lobby and ending with the sale of bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach...more

Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

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On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

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We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

Blog: European Parliament Moves To Crack Down On The Use Of Virtual Currencies For Money Laundering & Terrorism

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The European Parliament has just published a press release, describing a “move to crack down on [the] use of virtual currencies for money laundering, terrorism“, although that’s not quite what the backstory suggests is about...more

Blog: UK Government Considers Powers To Seize, Hold & Sell Virtual, Digital And Crypto-Currencies

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The terms of reference for the UK Home Affairs Select Committee’s Proceeds of Crime Inquiry include, “Whether additional measures are required to achieve the objectives of ensuring criminals do not benefit from their crimes“....more

Blog: European Parliament: Opinion on virtual currencies – regulation’s on its way (part 2)

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The European Parliament’s Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee has published an Opinion about virtual currencies. In the Opinion, which was prepared by rapporteur Ulrike Trebesius, the Committee calls on the...more

Draft Report on Virtual Currencies Published by EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

On February 25, a draft report on the subject of virtual currencies was published by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON“). The draft report consists of a motion for a European...more

Re-thinking What We Think We Know About Bitcoin (Part I)

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It’s no surprise that, as the way we exchange information continues to evolve at an ever-increasing pace, the way we exchange value is rapidly evolving too. This two-part series explores the Bitcoin evolution occurring in...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

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This chart is provided by Perkins Coie LLP’s Decentralized Virtual Currency industry practice group for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 07.20.15 – 07.24.15

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Domestic Developments - Florida. Anthony Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, operators of bitcoin exchange service Coin.mx were arrested on July 21, 2015 for operating the exchange without a money transmission license. The U.S....more

Lines Crossed: From Enforcing to Breaking the Law

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Silk Road was a notorious black market for narcotics that used seemingly untraceable digital currencies (i.e., Bitcoins) to facilitate illegal activities on the “dark web.” Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”)...more

FinCEN Enforcement and Regulatory Focus—Transparency in Real Estate Transactions, Virtual Currency and More

Why it matters - Transparency in the financial system was underscored as a key focus for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) by Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery in a speech before the West Coast AML Forum...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues Guidance for Swap Execution Facilities on the Calculation of Projected Operating Costs - On April 23, the CFTC issued guidance regarding the calculation of projected operating costs or expenses for the...more

Bit Bites: Latest Legal Developments in Digital Currencies

When Is Bitcoin “Money” Versus a “Security”? In motions involving a high-profile criminal prosecution with ties to Silk Road and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action, two federal courts have clarified...more

Bitcoin Equal to Money According to District Court Ruling

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Is it possible to commit money laundering with virtual currency? At least one federal judge thinks so. Last month, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest refused to dismiss a money laundering charge premised on the use of a...more

DOJ Files Criminal Charges Against Former Bitcoin Exchange Head

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On January 27, 2014, the Department of Justice publicly announced it had filed criminal charges against Charles Shrem for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure...more

Bitcoins and Liability in the Wake of Recent Silk Road Arrests

Last week’s arrests of Robert Faiella, an alleged seller on online marketplace Silk Road, and Charlie Shrem, the CEO of the startup BitInstant, marked a recent round in a series of law enforcement actions against what the...more

More fallout from Silk Road

Another set of Bitcoin-related arrests for failing to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act. Interestingly, investors in one of the companies include the Winkelvoss twins. Anyone who is involved in Bitcoin or other virtual...more

Virtual Currency Year-In-Review: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin and other decentralized, math-based virtual currencies emerged in 2013 as nascent challenges to traditional payment systems, drawing widespread public attention, venture capital investment, and regulatory scrutiny....more

AML Enforcement And Virtual Currencies

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It is difficult for regulators and law enforcement to keep up with creative new ways in which criminals choose to store and trade money. This is especially true in the Internet-age where anonymity and ease of communications...more

Liberty Reserve indictment rocks digital currency world

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The indictment sealed on 20 May by a Grand Jury in the Southern District of NewYork, charging defendants operating international online digital currency and money transfer service Liberty Reserve with conspiracy to commit...more

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