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In February 2000, however, Russian emigres Lucy Edwards and Peter Berlin pleaded guilty to money laundering and tax evasion, after a joint investigation by the United States and Great Britain. The duo created three corporations — front companies — for Russian co-conspirators and the Russian banks. As executive vice president of The Bank of New York, Edwards moved $7 billion in transfers in roughly three years — from February 1996 to July 1999 — or about $6 million per day.