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Epoch Times CFO Bill Guan Charged for Allegedly Laundering $67 Million Worth Illicit Funds

Weidong Guan, who also goes by Bill Guan, was charged by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for participating in a scheme that laundered $67 million in illicitly obtained funds. The scheme depended on cryptocurrency and prepaid debit cards to funnel funds into Epoch Times’ bank accounts as well as Guan’s personal bank and crypto accounts. The Epoch Times is a global media platform catering to conservative audiences and is often known for bashing the Chinese government. However, the media outlet...

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Railgun Denies North Korea Ties as it Approaches $1B Total Volume

Crypto privacy protocol Railgun has denied accusations that it is being used by North Korea and other United States-sanctioned entities to launder digital assets. This development comes as the crypto privacy protocol nears $1B total volume. Railgun Denies Lazarus Group Association Responding to claims made by crypto reporter Colin Wu through an X post, Railgun denied allegations linking it to the North Korean hacker group Lazarus Group. “The North Korean hacker group Lazarus...

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UK Woman Found Guilty of Laundering Bitcoin Tied to $6 Billion China Fraud

Jian Wen, a former takeaway worker residing in north London, was found guilty of one count of money laundering after she was found with Bitcoin worth over $2.5 billion (£2 billion) in 2018. Jian Wen assisted a Chinese fugitive known to Wen as Zhang Yadi, whose real name is Qian Zhimin, in laundering the BTC funds. The Bitcoin Laundering Case Wen was found with Bitcoin valued at over £2 billion, which she had been involved in converting into assets such as multi-million-pound...

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Bitcoin Fog Operator Declared Guilty of Money Laundering, Faces Up to 50 Years in Prison

Following his arrest nearly three years ago, a Jury in a US federal district court found Roman Sterlingov, operator of the crypto mixer Bitcoin Fog, guilty of a four-count charge regarding money laundering. The founder of Bitcoin Fog faces up to a maximum of 50 years in prison for all his charges. Sterlingov Convicted According to a press release on March 12, the jury declared Roman Sterlingov guilty of money laundering conspiracy and sting money laundering. The 35-year-old...

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Crypto Is Bad? Cash Still the Primary Tool for Money Laundering, US Treasury Reports

The U.S. Treasury Department has reported that despite the growing trend of illicit actors turning to cryptocurrencies for money laundering and financing, cold hard cash remains their preferred tool. In its 2024 National Risk Assessments on Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Proliferation Financing, the Treasury shed light on the various threats, vulnerabilities, and risks associated with illicit finance within the United States. Digital Assets Threat on the Rise...

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OneCoin Lawyer Sentenced to 10 Years in $400 Million Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme

According to Manhattan federal prosecutors, Mark Scott, a former partner at the U.S. law firm Locke Lord, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a $400 million fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme. The sentencing took place on Thursday, and Scott was found guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud in November 2019, linked to his role in the OneCoin cryptocurrency fraud. Judge Orders $392 Million Forfeiture U.S....

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Father and Son Duo Sentenced to Prison for Bitcoin Money Laundering Scheme

A father-son duo, residents of Maryland, have been sentenced for their involvement in a dark web drug trafficking and Bitcoin money laundering scheme. Joseph Farace, aged 72, was sentenced to 19 months in federal prison on January 8 for aiding his son, Ryan Farace, aged 38, in the laundering of Bitcoin proceeds from illicit drug sales. Bitcoin Laundering Scheme Unearthed in Maryland A previously convicted felon, Ryan Farace, was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison,...

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Crypto Firms Faced Nearly $6B in Fines in 2023 for AML Violations

Crypto firms faced substantial regulatory action, collectively paying nearly $6 billion in fines primarily due to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) violations and deficiencies in customer checks last year. This marks a significant development, as crypto and fintech groups experienced higher fines for inadequate controls than the entire traditional financial system for the first time. Crypto-Related Fines Surge The total fines of $5.8 billion in 2023, including a substantial $4.3...

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Only Criminals Have A Real Use For Bitcoin, According To Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon attacked Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on Wednesday, suggesting that they’re only useful for criminals and may as well be banned. “If I were the government, I’d close it down,” Dimon said of the crypto industry during remarks on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Bitcoin, Banks, and Crime Dimon was one among several CEOs of the eight largest U.S. banks to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday at a hearing concerning annual...

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