Featured Fraud

Down the Bitcoin Funnel: The Tech Firms Driving Investors to Ruin with Fake Celebrity News

By Dada Lyndell, OCCRP, 1 December 2020 OCCRP — Ingrid Hernvall was scrolling through Facebook when she saw exciting news. It was a story — laid out just like an article in a proper newspaper — featuring two of Sweden’s biggest television personalities. The two men spoke of a… Read More

What 6AMLD Doesn’t Say About Legal Liabilities

With only a day to go before the deadline for EU member-states to transpose the bloc’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD), significant questions remain unanswered about how it will be enforced on a national-level. In an apparent response to recent banking scandals, the directive will make the “aiding and… Read More

UK’s Big Four auditors await shake-up as corruption probes add up

Britain’s audit sector, dominated by the so-called Big Four accountancy giants, is shortly expected to discover how it must reinvent itself amid a series of probes into alleged corruption, including one linked to the collapse of German electronic payments group Wirecard. UK authorities want the industry to separate audit and… Read More
2nd December 2020
Gardaí are investigating an alleged €400 million fraud at electronic payments company Wirecard’s Irish arm, the High Court heard on Monday. The firm, which has its headquarters in Germany, reported in June that €1.9 billion was missing from its accounts, prompting an inquiry that led to the arrest… Read More
1st December 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 30 November 2020 OCCRP — OCCRP spoke with the head of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office about the challenges in fighting the widespread  — but often-ignored — criminal scheme. “No one’s interested in value-added tax. It’s just not sexy enough.” There’s an edge of… Read More
1st December 2020
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 30 November 2020 ICIJ — JPMorgan Chase, America’s largest bank, helped move millions of dollars for a New Jersey con man long after he was first accused of ripping off customers looking for good deals on the used cars of their dreams. Many borrowed from… Read More
30th November 2020
Deutsche Bank AG’s top accounting executive, Andreas Loetscher, is being investigated over his role as the auditor of Wirecard AG while he was with his former firm, Ernst & Young, two people familiar with the matter said. Germany’s accounting regulator, APAS, is… Read More
30th November 2020
Societe Generale SA was reprimanded by a Swiss court and ordered to give up $150 million deposited by convicted fraudster Allen Stanford that it had fought for nearly a decade to keep. The court ruled that Societe Generale failed to do proper due diligence before accepting Stanford’s money. The… Read More
26th November 2020
As much as £1bn in benefit fraud has been prevented from being paid to organised-crime groups in recent months, BBC News has learned. But before the scam was spotted, officials unwittingly confirmed thousands of stolen identities. Fraudsters took advantage of looser rules introduced to cope with a surge of universal credit… Read More
26th November 2020
Two men have been arrested and charged over illegal transfers of currency into offshore accounts as part of an investigation that began in June. Australian police have charged two men in NSW as part of ongoing investigations into an international money laundering operation. The two were arrested last week and… Read More
25th November 2020
Synthetic identity fraud, one of the fastest-growing financial crimes in the United States, has become an increasing concern for regulators, as banks struggle to find common ways of tackling the innovative theft technique that combines real and fictitious data about individuals. Estimates over the scale of the fraud vary, but nearly… Read More
25th November 2020
Justin Smith has been hit with a one-two punch of bad luck. First, the Toronto man was duped by a job scam that made off with $3,000. Then his longtime bank, Tangerine, helped itself to money Smith had in his tax-free savings account to recoup what it had lost in… Read More
24th November 2020
Roshan Baig, a former Congress minister in Karnataka, was on Sunday arrested by the CBI in connection with the ₹ 4,000-crore IMA ponzi scam. He was produced in a court and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Roshan Baig was summoned to the CBI office and based on “material evidence”, he… Read More