Monday, October 24, 2011

[IWS] World Bank: THE PUPPET MASTERS: How the Corrupt Use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Assets and What to Do About It [24 October 2011]

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Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


World Bank

Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR)


The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt Use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Assets and What to Do About It [24 October 2011]

[full-text, 284 pages]


Fact Sheet


This new StAR report examines how bribes, embezzled state assets and other criminal proceeds are being hidden via legal structures – shell companies, foundations, trusts and others. The study also provides policy makers with practical recommendations on how to step up ongoing international efforts to uncover flows of criminal funds and prevent criminals from misusing shell companies and other legal entities.


Press Release 24 October 2011

Corrupt Money Concealed in Shell Companies and Other Opaque Legal Entities, Finds New StAR Study

Greater transparency needed to uncover flows of criminal funds



Washington, October 24, 2011 – Most large-scale corruption cases involve using legal entities

to conceal ownership and control of corrupt proceeds,  and policymakers should take steps to

improve transparency to reduce opportunities for wrongdoing,  according to a study  released

today by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative of the World Bank and the United Nations

Office on Drugs and Crime.




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