Costa Rica: Sectors Most Susceptible to Money Laundering Identified

There were "few initiatives identified to combat the laundering of proceeds of crimes such as fraud, forgery, tax evasion and product piracy".

Monday, January 25, 2016

The real estate market, construction, legal services and casinos once again appear as the most susceptible to money laundering.

The ruling was made by the Financial Action Task Force for Latin America (Gafilat), which released a report on Anti-Money Laundering measures and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML / CFT) put in place in Costa Rica at the time of the site visit (19 the January 30, 2015).

From the Gafilat Report on Costa Rica:

Costa Rica, in general, has a number of legislative tools, policies and structures that allow it to fight against ML / FT. Nevertheless, some technical deficiencies must be addressed in order to ensure a robust AML / CFT system were identified.

Costa Rica has carried out a National Assessment of Risks of Money Laundering and
Terrorist Financing (DR-LA / FT) and in general, Costa Rica has an adequate level of understanding of the risks of money laundering (ML), and there is evidence of development an adequate level of coordination and cooperation shown by the authorities and the private sector.

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