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Drug Trafficking Money Laundering

Transnational Criminal Organizations Increasingly Using Bitcoin As Money Laundering Vehicle

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In its recently-published 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that drug trafficking organizations are turning to Bitcoin and other virtual currencies to enable easy...more

Unique Issues in Sentencing for Money Laundering Convictions: The “Business of Laundering Funds” and “Sophisticated Laundering”...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Most individuals convicted of federal money laundering charges face prison time. These prison sentences are often increased by the judge’s determination that certain sentencing enhancements unique to this crime apply. ...more

OFAC Targets Alleged Mexican Drug Boss and “His Vast Network,” Including International Soccer Superstar

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Describing him as a “longtime Mexican Drug Kingpin,” the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated Raul Flores Hernandez and the “Flores Drug Trafficking Organization,” or ...more

In Lengthy Opinion, Second Circuit Affirms “Silk Road” Conviction and Life Sentence

On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the “Silk Road” case, United States v. Ulbricht, (15-1815-cr) (2nd Cir. May 31, 2017) (Newman, Lynch, Droney). The panel affirmed Ulbricht’s conviction...more

The Philippines Now a “Major Money-Laundering Country”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Philippines has been identified by the U.S. as a “major money-laundering country” in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“Report”), published this month. The country now joins 87 others as one “whose...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Above-Guidelines Sentence for Lack of Justification, But Denies Request to Remand to Different...

Franco Lupoi was sentenced to 156 months on money laundering conspiracy and heroin trafficking conspiracy charges, in excess of the applicable Guidelines range and the 135 month sentence requested by the government. In its...more

Enforcement Week I: Troubling Questions Raised in HSBC Prosecution

by Thomas Fox on

We had an interesting week of anti-corruption enforcement actions last week, both in the US and the UK. We have now had four Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions since the announcement of the Depart Of...more

International Litigation Update: United States Supreme Court Limits Extraterritorial Reach of RICO Claims

by King & Spalding on

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, holding that provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) apply to conduct that occurs...more

DOJ dismisses last of the drug trafficking charges against FedEx: two key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

Recently, four days into what had been scheduled to be a seven-week trial, the US Department of Justice voluntarily dismissed the last of the criminal charges it had brought in its money laundering and drug trafficking...more

DOJ Folds Criminal Case Against Federal Express

by Michael Volkov on

In another set back last week, after a contentious criminal prosecution, the government dismissed its criminal charges against Federal Express. DOJ indicted Federal Express for drug trafficking relating to shipping of illegal...more

Tackling a Panamanian Money Laundering Organization: OFAC Sanctions the Waked Money Laundering Organization, Colombia Arrests the...

OFAC Sanctions - On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against 77 entities and individuals associated with the Waked Money Laundering Organization...more

Data Privacy and Passenger Name Records - MEPs Approve EU Rules With Data Protection Safeguards

by Locke Lord LLP on

Draft EU rules on sharing and protecting Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on 15 July 2015. Once passed into law, this data will be collected...more

Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Receives Life Sentence

by Goodwin on

On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a...more

FinCEN Issues Aggressive Regulatory Order Against Electronics Companies in Miami

by Akerman LLP on

For the second consecutive year, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN"), of the U.S. Department of Treasury, issued a Geographic Targeting Order ("GTO"), to deter the laundering of drug money through an...more

FinCEN Issues a Geographic Targeting Order for Miami-Area Businesses

A Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) is one of the major enforcement tools of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Such orders are issued under the authority of the Bank Secrecy Act and are used to impose stricter...more

Not So Silky Road

The founder of Silk Road, the black market website where illegal goods were bought with bitcoin, was found guilty on all 7 counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. While this is an...more

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