Featured Crime (non-financial)

The Northern Irish ghost companies that mask crime worldwide

By David Leask, Peter Geoghegan and Richard Smith openDemocracy — Nikolai Sukhanov is used to flags of convenience. The flags of many nations flutter from the stern of ships on the docks and quays of Nakhodka in Russia’s far east. Owners often register their vessels thousands of miles from home, in countries… Read More

U.S. Charges Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro With Drug Trafficking

U.S. authorities charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and senior government officials with drug trafficking and conspiring with terrorists and offered multimillion-dollar rewards for their arrests, escalating the Trump administration’s effort to unseat the leftist regime. Prosecutors unsealed a series of criminal cases in New York, Florida and Washington on… Read More

Washington Pushes for More Sanctions on Russian Businessman

Eleven members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged the European Union to impose sanctions on Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, the latest attempt by lawmakers to combat alleged election meddling by the Kremlin in the U.S. and allied countries as well as possible disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. In… Read More
26th March 2020
It happened: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the strictest curbs on life in the UK during peacetime. This followed the adoption of emergency legislation which, most controversially and among others, gives law enforcement agencies the right to detain people on public health grounds and place them in isolation. Meanwhile, shops have experienced… Read More
25th March 2020
By Nicholas Wells OCCRP — It was a glimpse of a glow of a cigarette behind the shutters of an abandoned house that led Italian police to the crime boss they had been tracking for more than a week. Officers had stopped a man on the street in the… Read More
25th March 2020
The European Union’s law enforcement arm helped spearhead a global crackdown on gangsters peddling a “staggering amount” of fake products online linked to the Covid-19 virus, according to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Europol, which coordinates the fight against organized crime in the 27-nation EU, was part… Read More
24th March 2020
A major operation across five regions of Peru has seen 47 prosecutors and 1,200 police officers arrest 18 people who, according to Peruvian authorities, were members of a criminal organization known as Los Topos (Spanish for “The Moles”), who focused on the illegal mining and trading of gold. Simultaneous raids… Read More
24th March 2020
Starting today, you can get a taste of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist’s powerful research platform without having to install any software – and use it to explore a set of leaked documents. Datashare, ICIJ’s open-source document analysis tool, is now available online via a web browser, complete with… Read More
23rd March 2020
The U.S. quietly unsealed criminal cases against two former officials at Venezuela’s state oil monopoly this month as part of what American officials say is a new round of charges and sanctions against a Maduro government they accuse of systemic corruption, narcotrafficking and stealing billions of dollars in state funds. Read More
20th March 2020
European Union regulations don’t prevent countries from confiscating assets from someone charged with civil offenses or not yet convicted of a crime, the EU’s highest court ruled Thursday. The question before the five-judge panel of the European Court of Justice was whether Bulgaria was allowed to confiscate assets from Tsvetan… Read More
20th March 2020
Late last month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering watchdog, put Myanmar on its ‘grey list’ of countries that need to do more to combat illegal finance operations. As the FATF is an intergovernmental organization that sets standards and works with authorities to reduce… Read More
19th March 2020
Gulnara Karimova, the imprisoned elder daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov, has received an additional 13 years and four months in prison in the latest court ruling against her and her former associates. Uzbekistan’s Supreme Court said on March 18 that Karimova was found guilty of extortion, money… Read More
19th March 2020
Insight Crime — Contacts in China provide Mexican criminal groups with everything from counterfeit luxury goods to chemical precursors for making fentanyl. But with the spread of the coronavirus, shipments from China have dried up and the cartels are feeling the pinch. In February, it emerged that La Unión de… Read More