The criminal investigation into Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal must be conducted in tandem with a multifaceted, multi-jurisdictional, multidisciplinary civil asset recovery investigation, says Martin Kenney
Martin Kenney is scathing about an alleged $8.3 billion Danske Bank money laundering scandal via Estonia, which partly relied on false data being submitted to the UK’s Companies House. The bank’s punishment so far? A “stern ticking off.”
We need to have an effective whistleblower program to hang like a Sword of Damocles over those who think they can act dishonestly and with impunity, argues Martin Kenney.
Asset recovery is a term generally used to describe efforts made by a victim of a crime, usually a fraud, to get his or her stolen value back. It is a burgeoning area of practice, in major part because the quantum of value stolen and the overall risk has increased so much over the last 25 years.
Not only does the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act seek to right wrongs, in doing so it discourages others from following in the offender’s footsteps and removes the allure of their negative and toxic role model.
The ACFE’s new report reveals overall losses to fraud of $7 billion+, with an incredible 22% of frauds accounting for losses in excess of $1 million.