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BULGARIA’S FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RECEIVES 376 SUSPICIOUS DEAL REPORTS IN 2006

14:21 Fri 18 May 2007

The Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) received 376 reports concerning suspicious deals worth 199.327 million euro, FIA’s 2006 annual report shows.

The number of suspicious transactions involving commercial banks reached 71.39 per cent of the total in comparison to 36.69 per cent in 2005.

Money laundering suspicions also increased.

FIA received in 2006 nearly 235 000 reports concerning cash transactions worth more than 30 000 leva.

In 2006, the Finance Minister stopped five financial transactions worth 1.915 million leva, the report said. No operations were terminated in 2005.

Prosecution data shows that nine investigations have been launched and five of them resulted in verdicts for money laundering.

FIA requested information from foreign financial intelligence agencies on 414 cases and received information on 323 of them.

The complete report is publicly available on FIA’s website

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