Deputy Director, Galina Bobrysheva, Rosfinmonitoring at a meeting with bankers in boarding house “Bor” announced the emergence of a new scheme of legalization of illegally obtained income and withdrawals. She said that the correspondent, “money” and the withdrawal are made through the Deposit accounts of notaries in the settlement of their clients using this tool.
Scheme, it seems, only in the beginning of its formation, said the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Dmitry Skobelkin, supervising questions of financial monitoring, the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. According to him, the large momentum of the Central Bank there does not see, but will closely monitor the situation. “Given that the Deposit account of the notary at the Bank offers such possibility, the Central Bank is,” he said.
Partner at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Alexei Panich believes that the new scheme is very weak prospects for wide distribution, including the fact that notaries accept money in Deposit in limited circumstances. “If the notary will take money from anybody and for what came about, he eventually — probably sooner than later, lose their license, that it is a very serious problem,” he says.
The new scheme came about when the regulator has not yet managed to eradicate the previous scheme of “laundering” money, which used the courts and bailiffs. In this scheme, the courts have allowed the artificially created controversy in favor of one party, and the banks transferred money from account to account to bailiffs. Thus, according to the Central Bank, was derived and legalized about 16 billion rubles.
The Bank together with the Ministry of justice and the Supreme court is working on the eradication scheme with the participation of the courts. According to the number of options in the wrestling edition of the Supreme court of guidelines for courts on a more thorough consideration of certain disputes, and the prohibition of arbitration courts to resolve this category of disputes. The final decision on combating schemes involving courts is still to be taken.
Colleague Panich at Herbert Smith Freehills Sergey Eremin does not exclude that notaries and banks will start to show excessive caution when conducting transactions via the tools that can be used in a “money laundering” schemes that will lead to the emergence of additional checks and thus increase the timing of the operations and complexity of documenting them. “I think the Central Bank directs banks and those who are indebted for these cases to follow, the fact that they kept track of such operations. But not necessarily such transactions indicate money laundering,” he says.