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Monetary Authority of Singapore stresses collaboration with financial institutions in major anti-money laundering operation

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) underscored its collaborative efforts with local financial institutions in thwarting illicit activities.

MAS noted that Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) from these institutions played a key role in alerting authorities to anomalous actions, leading to the arrest of ten individuals suspected of money laundering, forgery, and the seizure of assets valued at approximately S$1 billion (US$736 million).



SINGAPORE: In a recent press release, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) underscored the significance of its collaborative efforts with local financial institutions (FIs) in preventing illicit activities in the nation’s financial system.

On Wednesday (16 Aug), MAS highlighted the indispensable role of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) filed by these institutions.

Such reports, which flagged dubious documentation, suspicious fund flows, and informational inconsistencies, played a pivotal role in alerting the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) to anomalous activities.

This collaborative detection mechanism resulted in the swift identification and subsequent arrest of ten individuals on 15 August, suspected of offences including forgery, money laundering, and resisting lawful apprehension.

Emphasizing its dedication to upholding the integrity of Singapore’s financial ecosystem, MAS said it takes this case seriously and has been in touch with the FIs where the potentially tainted funds have been identified.

“Supervisory engagements with these FIs are ongoing. MAS will take firm action against FIs which are found to have breached MAS’ stringent requirements on anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism, or to have inadequate controls against money laundering/terrorism financing (ML/TF) risks.”

The authority reaffirmed its stance on ensuring stringent compliance on FIs active in the wealth management space, warning of firm actions against any institutions found in breach of MAS’s stringent anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing standards to ensure that fund flows into Singapore are and remain legitimate.

The Deputy Managing Director (Financial Supervision) of MAS, Ms Ho Hern Shin, encapsulated the sentiment stating, “This collaboration demonstrates the power of vigilance and timely reporting by our FIs. As a global financial hub, Singapore’s vulnerability to transnational money laundering and terrorist financing risks cannot be overlooked. The cohesive efforts between MAS and FIs are paramount in safeguarding our financial landscape.”

Against the backdrop of the MAS release, the Singapore Police Force unveiled details of a significant crackdown that led to the seizure of assets valued at approximately S$1 billion (US$736 million).

This operation, which involved over 400 police officers in island-wide raids, brought to light the involvement of ten individuals, aged between 31 and 44, from diverse nationalities.

Charges encompassed a gamut of offences, from money laundering to forgery.

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