Companies, owners being investigated for financial crimes

Ministry of Interior (MoI) is understood to be conducting intensive investigations into the financial transactions of 11 companies and their owners, after they were suspected to be involved in money laundering and financing terrorism.

Security sources, in cooperation with the Central Bank of Kuwait, concluded that these companies, which work in the fields of real estate and money exchange, have made remittances worth millions of dinars in coordination with external bodies. The employees of these firms have now been called in for investigation.

Investigations are understood to have revealed that huge sums of money changed hands between exchange and real estate companies in Kuwait and Iran, aimed at delivering funds to organizations, destinations and people in that country.

It was also discovered that some exchange companies received large amounts from people and sent them abroad, through a type of mechanism to avoid monitoring, but the vigilance of security services in coordination with the Central Bank and after monitoring and scrutiny thwarted the attempted transfers.