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GELDWÄSCHE-PARADIES: Christian Lindner will Kampf gegen Finanzkriminalität neu organisieren

Aug 24, 2022

GELDWÄSCHE-PARADIES: Christian Lindner will Kampf gegen Finanzkriminalität neu organisieren

and this is how we are now connected to judith henkel reporter from the world investigative department hello judith what do you think after your research on the subject in which sizes of which order of magnitude are we talking about where money from criminal transactions is fed into the legal economic cycle at all so there is a number the federal ministry of finance assumes 100 billion euros per year but it may be that this is just the tip of the iceberg because in the end it is not possible to put a precise number on it and the problem with this is of course that criminal organizations have a motive to make money and as long as you don't turn off the money tap so that you prevent them from being able to launder the money they have earned from criminal acts, you can't ultimately reduce the crime that emanates from these organizations what problems have there been in general in the fight against money laundering the yes as largely effect slos ineffective applies in this country I mean bafin, there are also so far and the banks are already obliged to sound the alarm if money laundering is suspected, yes, so you could summarize the problem well with the Burmese authorities or confusion of jurisdiction, so at the moment one bank or another has committed For example, a car dealer or a jeweller, whenever they notice something suspicious, for example if a customer behaves suspiciously in any way, they must submit a suspicion report to the FAU, which is based at customs and evaluates
geldw sche paradies christian lindner will kampf gegen finanzkriminalit t neu organisieren
these suspicion reports. The problem is firstly has this authority does not have enough access to databases to be able to analyze this suspicious activity report properly and secondly, the eu gives a yes, the suspicious activity reports that it considers relevant to further local investigative authorities, but they are also federally organized, that is, if the crime was committed in lower saxony rde but the money was laundered in bavaria it is possible that a mediation fizzles out because the authorities have to exchange information with each other because they do not have access to all of the data and one has noticed that with the sanctions one has now even a task force that should ultimately be responsible for it, oligarchs are also able to feel it, but here too, the investigative responsibilities lie with the authorities and that is really different depending on the federal state, so depending on the federal state, a different authority is responsible, which also resulted in a request from me that it is more or less a patchwork quilt and accordingly this initiative by

Lindner

to make the whole thing a top priority and to coordinate it centrally is a step in the right direction in my opinion a step in the right direction now speaks to the federal system precisely because the federal and state governments do not communicate with each other working together is a problem what are beyond that there are still pressing problems that are also definitely hindering the fight against
geldw sche paradies christian lindner will kampf gegen finanzkriminalit t neu organisieren
money laundering how would you assess that yes, one authority to a central authority that is of course not bad but what is much more important the authority also needs the tools and above all the data and that’s where we have it a very horrible data situation, especially in the real estate sector, so in the real estate sector in germany, you can really launder money very easily, you just have a network of owners, so you set up a GmbH and it in turn has owners and these owners in turn have owners and so on and in land register but only the shell company is at the very bottom of this owner chain is now the land registers are firstly not digitized secondly not nationwide by super and thirdly not with the transparent to yesterday in which at least the next owner or maybe the beneficial owner is yes they are not me either Linked to each other, land register and transparency registers run separately from others and the registers are not linked across Europe either, which means that if the owner is abroad then you would have to carry out another register search, so ultimately you would need such a real estate register in germany where you then directly have the final owner and know directly who owns the building and that is not the case at the moment and of course makes the search for money laundering in the real estate sector even more complicated so the problems are very complex judith enke thank you very much for this classification only a lot to do for the finance minister,
geldw sche paradies christian lindner will kampf gegen finanzkriminalit t neu organisieren
thank you
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