Money laundering is defined as the process where the identity of the proceeds of crime is so disguised that it gives an impression of legitimate income. Criminals specifically target financial services firms through which they attempt to launder criminal proceeds without the firm's knowledge or suspicion.
In response to the scale and effect of money laundering, the European Union has passed Directives designed to combat money laundering and terrorism. These Directives, together with regulations, rules, and industry guidance, form the cornerstone of our AML/CTF obligations and outline the offenses and penalties for failing to comply.
Whilst Bitstakex is currently unregulated and does not fall within the scope of the AML/CTF obligations, the senior management has implemented systems and procedures that meet the standards set forth by the European Union. This decision reflects the senior management's desire to prevent money laundering and not be used by criminals to launder proceeds of crime.
Bitstakex's AML Policy is designed to prevent money laundering by meeting the European standards on combating money laundering and terrorism financing, including the need to have adequate systems and controls in place to mitigate the risk of the firm being used to facilitate financial crime. This AML Policy sets out the minimum standards which must be complied with and includes:
Bitstakex is prohibited from transacting with individuals, companies, and countries that are on prescribed Sanctions lists. Bitstakex will therefore screen against United Nations, European Union, UK Treasury and US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions lists in all jurisdictions in which we operate.