Ever elusive underground banking targeted
Chinese police have busted underground banks that handled 200 billion yuan ($30.2 billion) in illegal money transfers this year, the Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday.
Police said they arrested 450 suspects involved in 158 cases of underground banking and money laundering, according to the ministry’s website.
Beijing has been fighting illegal cross-border outflows in an attempt to slow capital flight as the yuan currency weakened to near six-year lows.
A special task force, launched by the MPS, the central bank and the foreign exchange regulator, uncovered illicit banking services in 192 locations this year, the notice said.
On Wednesday, China state broadcaster CCTV reported that police in the southern city of Shenzhen recently busted an underground bank that handled 30 billion yuan in transactions over a six-year period. Police arrested 26 major suspects in four different cities, the report said.