20th October 2020
By Ben Hallman, Spencer Woodman, Will Fitzgibbon and Karrie Kehoe, ICIJ, 19 October 2020 ICIJ — The biggest banks in the world are moving vast amounts of money for drug cartels, corrupt regimes, arms traffickers and other international criminals after having pledged repeatedly to do more to staunch the… Read More
20th October 2020
The Department of Home Affairs is investigating the alleged cash-for-visa scheme linked to former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, as the head of the department revealed he has reason to believe the former politician may have approached the federal government to make representations about visa issues. The secretary of home… Read More
20th October 2020
It was early July when David Velásquez, then 29, started to feel the aches and fever that made him suspect he had caught COVID-19. His brother, José, rushed him to one of Honduras’ emergency centers for virus testing and treatment, but all he found was chaos. “The disorganization was tremendous,”… Read More
19th October 2020
A money-laundering operation that allegedly funnelled tens of millions of pounds through Scotland from Libya is believed to be the largest fraud investigation in Scottish history. The findings of a six-year inquiry by Police Scotland are being considered by prosecutors. Government officials in the north African country claimed that a… Read More
19th October 2020
The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, just across the road from Harrods. The unassuming suburban dwellings also have little… Read More
19th October 2020
For years, the United States called on a cadre of senior Mexican officials as its partners in the drug war. But some of the men working most closely with Washington allegedly had a side hustle of helping to traffic drugs. In the past 10 months, two members of Mexico’s elite… Read More
16th October 2020
Angolan prosecutors have seized assets belonging to two of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s closest aides, the latest step in a crackdown on corruption in the southern African country. Assets including a brewery and a vehicle assembly plant held by general Manuel Helder Vieira Dias, known as Kopelipa, and… Read More
16th October 2020
Spain has extradited a fugitive former Iranian executive implicated in a large financial corruption case, in what Iran’s judiciary says is the first such extradition from Europe. Alireza Heydar Abadipour, the former CEO of Sarmayeh Bank, touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, where media and police officials… Read More
16th October 2020
Brazil’s J&F Investimentos, which controls the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA, put an end to a long-running legal dispute in the U.S. over bribes it paid in Brazil, agreeing Wednesday to pay $128 million to settle the case. J&F admitted in 2017 to paying about $150 million in bribes… Read More
15th October 2020
The FinCEN Files, as they have been dubbed by the good folks over at BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), are certainly headline-grabbing stories and they raise a lot of questions about the efficacy of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance around the globe. Seeing that the Suspicious… Read More