Money Laundering Investigations Philippines

Money laundering investigations Philippines is a major concern. Since 2011, the country has been in the US State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report Volume II. The report lists major money laundering and financial crimes sites in the world.

What is Money Laundering?

Money laundering is any act or attempt to cover up the existence of illegally acquired funds by making them look like they came from legal sources. These illegally acquired funds are transferred from one part of the globe to another by using and abusing banks, money remittance centers, and commercial institutions such as casinos. These illegal transactions look legitimate because they are hidden and integrated into legal transactions of the institutions being used.

Importance of Money Laundering Investigations Philippines

Authorities need to put a stop on money laundering activities in the Philippines. This unlawful act allows criminals to reap the benefits of their wrongdoings. Failure to detect and interrupt such crimes provides criminals the funds to continue their illegal acts that could worsen in a short period of time. More than that, being a major money laundering country – which is what the Philippines is now being labeled as – could mean a destabilized government and crippled financial system.

Philippine Government Laws and Acts against Money Laundering

The Philippine government has made efforts to fight money laundering in the country. For one, there’s the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 or R.A. No. 9160 which criminalizes 14 activities including jueteng and masiao, swindling, smuggling, piracy on the high seas, terrorist acts, securities fraud, robbery and extortion, plunder, kidnapping for ransom, graft, corruption, and drug offenses.

Money laundering investigations Philippines can only be possible through honest reporting by officers and employees of institutions covered by the AMLA. Failure to report suspicious transactions could lead to 4 years of imprisonment or a penalty of not lower than PhP100,000. If you have a sneaking suspicion of a possible money laundering activity, don’t hesitate to ask the help of Orion Support Incorporated.

Intellectual Property Rights

OSI has investigated several thousand IPR infringers and successfully raided over 2,500 illicit manufacturers and major importer/distributors, Philippine-wide, since 1992. And their success rate hovers at just under 98% over the last 22 years, a significant accomplishment in an industry known for significant corruption.


Commercial Investigations

While OSI's three senior managers have many years of investigative experience throughout Europe, the Americas and other areas within S.E. Asia, they have over 70+ years of such experience and investigative contacts throughout the Philippines. And, they have established a proven and successful track record as reflected by their client list outlined on the client page of this website.


Security Risk Management

OSI's Security Risk Management division supports the protection initiatives of major international and local corporations doing business throughout the Philippines. In-country operational regions include the major high risk areas in Mindanao, where current activities include performing in-depth security and political risk assessments, security program audits, VIP protection operations, and counter insurgency collections.


About Us

OSI Philippines was formed in 2001 by Jeff Williams, who is Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security International.

Mr. Williams has over 40 years of combined worldwide investigative and security consulting experience, with over 25 years working Philippine-wide as a Special Agent and Counterintelligence Officer with the USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI), U.S. Embassy, Manila; and then as the Country Manager for Pinkerton Consulting Services, Philippines.