On 23 September, Global Witness published a report saying that it found alarming that, in the US, there are few regulations and checks of who is purchasing homes. As a result, housing remains a key vehicle for criminals looking to stash cash, launder money, and buy up homes in a tight market.  It uses 6 case studies to illustrate how it is done, saying that these are just the tip of the iceberg, and without urgent intervention, anonymous companies will continue to undercut and disadvantage ordinary Americans looking for housing.  It argues that there is an urgent need for swift, effective action to curb the use of anonymous companies and their professional enablers.  It makes a number of recommendations, including expanding the FinCEN Geographic Targeting Orders covering residential property nationwide and make them permanent.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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