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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

How do kleptocrats spend the money?

Last week police in Malaysia arrested former prime minister Najib Razak after seizing $273 million of loot from his houses and condos.

Prosecutors think Najib and his wife bought the loot with money stolen from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB.… Continue Reading

French court strips Obiang of local assets after embezzlement conviction

A French court last week convicted Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the president, of embezzling public money and spending it on himself.

The judge confiscated all of Obiang’s assets in France, fined him €30 million ($35 million), and gave him a suspended three-year prison sentence.… Continue Reading

Teddy Obiang on trial in Paris for embezzlement

The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president went on trial this week in France for embezzling more than $112 million from his country’s treasury.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, also known as Teddy Obiang, is the second vice president of Equatorial Guinea.… Continue Reading

FinCEN expands beneficial owner reporting for cash real estate deals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is expanding required reporting of beneficial owners for cash real estate purchases beyond Manhattan and Miami to six new areas in California and Texas.

The Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) require title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind domestic and foreign companies used to pay all cash for luxury residential real estate in six major metropolitan areas.… Continue Reading