Featured Crime (non-financial)

Can big data be used to stop human trafficking?

Technology and data have transformed the way we live, work and play. So far, the outcomes have been mixed. While we are undoubtedly more connected and better informed, we’re simultaneously more anxious about the pace of change and our personal privacy. And rightly so. Last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal… Read More

E-Pirate money-laundering investigation: Leadership problems, missteps proved fatal

Months after charges were stayed in Canada’s largest money-laundering case, neither the RCMP nor the Public Prosecution Service of Canada has provided any public explanation of what went wrong. But a Postmedia investigation has uncovered details of how the massive prosecution of Silver International and its owners, Caixuan Qin and… Read More

U.S., South Korea Bust Giant Child Porn Site by Following a Bitcoin Trail

U.S. and Korean authorities say they broke up one of the world’s largest markets for child pornography, a crime that is proliferating at a furious pace with the rise of cryptocurrency and encrypted online content. The bust was revealed Wednesday as the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Jong Woo Son,… Read More
17th October 2019
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More
16th October 2019
He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected… Read More
15th October 2019
In a private room in Melbourne’s Crown Casino, a man wearing tracksuit pants and runners approaches a counter with a rectangular blue cooler bag. Calmly, he unzips the bag to reveal its contents: dozens of thick, neatly stacked bundles of Australian $50 and $100 notes. The bricks of cash are… Read More
9th October 2019
Twenty years ago, anti–money laundering (AML) was an afterthought for most banks. Today, it’s at or near the top of the executive agenda. Daniel Moore is group head and chief risk officer at Scotiabank, one of Canada’s top five banks, with 99,000 employees and more than $1 trillion in assets. Read More
3rd October 2019
AP — Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán personally gave $1 million in bribes to the brother of Honduras’ president to pass on to the Central American leader, who swiftly denied wrongdoing. Prosecutor Jason Richman revealed the allegation in… Read More
3rd October 2019
A Kenyan anti-corruption drive uncovered the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars in unexplained wealth when it retired old banknotes, the central bank said on Wednesday, adding much of the cash appeared to have been gained in “the criminal area”. The East African nation has a diverse, fast-growing economy,… Read More
1st October 2019
The United States issued new economic sanctions on Monday against seven Russians linked to an internet troll factory in what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a warning to foreigners who seek to interfere in American elections. The penalties were announced as Congress is investigating whether President Trump tried to… Read More
30th September 2019
Estonia’s interior minister on Sunday called for an enquiry into the death of the former head of Danske Bank’s Estonian branch, which is at the center of investigations into the world’s largest money laundering scandal. Last week, police in Estonia discovered the body of Aivar Rehe, who ran the Danish… Read More
30th September 2019
Britain will introduce laws after it leaves the European Union to freeze assets of those deemed responsible for human rights abuses, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. The United States passed a law known as the Magnitsky Act in 2012 under which it has imposed visa bans and asset… Read More
30th September 2019
Financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC is warning pubs and clubs, money remitters and fintechs offering payments services to “harden” their technology systems to help protect against organised crime, or risk being hit with public enforcement actions as the agency is emboldened after the Hayne royal commission. After last week ordering United… Read More