Shell companies can be used to launder dirty money to make it appear legitimate and hide information about the actual beneficial owners. Illegal arms dealers, drug cartels, corrupt politicians, terrorists and cyber-criminals have become some of the frequent users of shell companies. This study aims to develop a model for detecting shell companies being used to launder illicit proceeds of crime using a new hybrid statistical approach. Using a combination of graph algorithms and supervised learning, detection models with classification accuracy ranging between 88.17% and 97.85%, were developed to detect illicit entities. To the best of our knowledge, no prior study exists on developing quantitative models to detect illicit shell companies using publicly available information. The key stakeholders to benefit from such models would be legal and compliant professionals and government officials, especially accountants, tax officials and anti-corruption NGOs.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 6 Jul 2021|
|Event||2021 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Virtual Conference - Virtual|
Duration: 5 Jul 2021 → 7 Jul 2021
Conference number: 2021
|Conference||2021 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Virtual Conference|
|Period||5/07/21 → 7/07/21|