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All posts by Selva Ozelli

Selva Ozelli: How should cyptocurrency bribes be valued?

At the federal level in the United States, cryptocurrencies have a lot of regulators — FinCEN, OFAC,  the IRS, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the SEC among them. 

These regulators characterize cryptocurrencies respectively as money, property, commodities, and a security.   … Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: U.S. cracks down on Canadian cross-border cryptocrime

Canada has emerged as one of the cryptocurrency and blockchain centers of the world. Canada’s dominance in blockchain innovation stems in part from Toronto being home to Vitalik Buterin, the inventor of Ethereum Blockchain, which is the globally most adopted platform that supports ether (ETH), the second highest cryptocurrency valued at $63 billion. … Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: Why are heads of state facing more enforcement actions?

During the first calendar quarter of 2018, there was a dramatic increase in enforcement actions globally involving allegations of bribery against heads of state. What’s behind the increase?

A report from TRACE International last month showed that 30 countries conducted 266 bribery investigations of foreign officials, while 82 countries conducted 218 bribery investigations of domestic officials.… Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: ‘Mixing services’ shield cryptocurrencies and thwart AML practices

At a recent cryptocurrency workshop, financial investigators from the Interpol and Europol organizations from over 30 nations discussed measures to combat the misuse of cryptocurrencies by criminals. 

This meeting was in response to the report released by Europol (with headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands) which stated (pdf) that more than 40 percent of online transactions for illegal ends used Bitcoin, crypto mixers, and tumblers. … Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: U.S. evaluates blockchain technology as anti-corruption weapon

The U.S. government and several of its agencies have been evaluating blockchain technology as a preventative measure against corruption that may distort the fair awarding of public procurement contracts, reduce the quality of basic public services, limit opportunities to develop a competitive private sector and undermine trust in public institutions.… Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: Sharia compliant blockchain advances across Middle East

It’s ironic that Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the richest tech investor in the Middle East, criticized block chain technology and Bitcoin by calling it a “fraud.”

The  Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Saudi Arabia, have been working since 2014 to weave sharia compliant Blockchain technology and Bitcoin into their existing financial and legal infrastructure, while transforming them all at the same time.… Continue Reading