Remittances to Low and Middle Income Countries in 2022 Up by 5% to $626 Billion — Latest World Bank Report – Economics Bitcoin News

Despite the headwinds that have dominated the year, remittances to low and middle-income countries in 2022 still grew by 5% to $626 billion, the World Bank Migration and Development Brief has said. Africa, where the cost of sending $200 averaged 7.8% in 2022, is the “most severely exposed to the concurrent crises.” Impact of the … Read more

EU Agreement Reached on Anti-money Laundering Rules for Cryptocurrencies – Regulation Bitcoin News

European institutions have reached an interim consensus on a set of EU regulations that will burden crypto companies with the obligation to help prevent money laundering, among other illicit activities potentially involving digital assets. The progress comes as the Union seeks to comprehensively regulate the continent’s cryptocurrency market. EU Officials and Lawmakers Agree on AML … Read more

EU officials reach agreement on AML authority for supervising crypto firms

The European Council has reached an agreement to form an anti-money laundering body that will have the authority to supervise certain crypto asset service providers, or CASPs. In a Wednesday announcement, the council said it had agreed on a partial position of a proposal to launch a dedicated Anti-Money Laundering Authority, or AMLA. According to … Read more

BitMEX co-founder Benjamin Delo avoids jail, receives 30 months probation

Benjamin Delo the co-founder of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has been sentenced to 30 months probation for violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), which is an anti-money laundering law. The sentence, handed down at a federal court in New York on June 15th, follows his guilty plea to charges in February of “willfully failing to establish, … Read more

Illicit crypto usage as a percent of total usage has fallen: Report

Illicit cryptocurrency activity in 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 has declined as a percentage of overall crypto activity, according to blockchain forensics firm CipherTrace. The cryptocurrency industry has long held a reputation in some jurisdictions as a haven for illegal activity. However, CipherTrace estimates that illicit activity was between 0.62% and 0.65% of … Read more

Information, AML/CFT steps are key to fighting international digital crime, DOJ report says

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report on international law enforcement related to digital assets Tuesday. It is the first of the approximately one dozen reports mandated in President Joe Biden’s March 9 executive order “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.” The report, titled “How To Strengthen International Law Enforcement Cooperation For … Read more

Arthur Hayes to serve 2-year probation owning up to BitMEX’s AML mishap

Bringing closure to the long-awaited judgment related to the money laundering activities over the BitMEX crypto exchange, one of the four federal district courthouses in New York reportedly sentenced two-year probation and six months of home detention to founder and ex-CEO Arthur Hayes. Arthur Hayes, along with the other BitMEX co-founders — Benjamin Delo and … Read more

European watchdog lists crypto next to lawyers, accountants as an AML threat

Europe’s Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)  watchdog, MONEYVAL, has listed monitoring the crypto sector along with “gatekeeper” professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, as priorities in European nations’ push to combat money laundering. In a media release based on the findings of its annual report, MONEYVAL called upon European jurisdictions to … Read more