Featured Crime (non-financial)

UK court allows extradition of diamond billionaire Nirav Modi to India

A London court ruled on Thursday that billionaire Indian diamond magnate Nirav Modi could be extradited to his home country to face charges of fraud, money laundering and interfering with an investigation. Modi, whose diamonds have been worn by the likes of Kate Winslet and Dakota Johnson, was arrested in… Read More

Jersey: Convicted jeweller’s shop closed and contents seized

The premises of a Central Market trader, who was convicted of laundering money from a drugs gang, has been shut down and its contents seized by the Viscount. Darius Pearce, owner of Darius Pearce Jewellers, was found guilty of three counts of becoming concerned in the acquisition, use, possession or… Read More

Investigation: Criminality Thrives in Botswana’s Donkey Skin Trade

By Alessandro Ford, OCCRP, 19 February 2021 OCCRP – Botswana’s lucrative yet controversial trade in donkey skins is back in the spotlight after an investigation published on Wednesday asserts that one of the country’s four licensed donkey abattoirs is still engaging in cross-border smuggling and environmental criminality. Read More
19th February 2021
By Katie Jones, InSight Crime, 18 February 2021 InSight Crime — Authorities in Madrid have dismantled part of a sophisticated network dedicated to contract killings and transnational money laundering, highlighting the autonomous community’s role as a power base for criminal groups with clear ties to Latin America… Read More
17th February 2021
The UK government has been told it must be “much more proactive” and “urgently” address the involvement of a suspected crime boss in professional boxing. Last week Daniel Kinahan confirmed he is organising “multiple world title fights”, insisting that allegations of criminality are part of a… Read More
17th February 2021
According to the Hungarian sociologist Balint Magyar, in a ‘mafia state’ “The state itself, at the top, works as a criminal organisation.” The term was applied to Montenegro in the 1990s, when state-sanctioned cigarette smuggling provided a financial lifeline during the wars and sanctions of Yugoslavia’s… Read More
8th February 2021
Police have rounded up 81 people in a crackdown on a triad-controlled syndicate that ran 14 illegal gambling and drug dens in Hong Kong that featured arcade machines for betting and offered free illegal drugs to attract customers. The force said the racket took advantage of the closure of recreational… Read More
4th February 2021
Europol has warned EU authorities to be on the watch for organised crime gangs selling fake Covid-negative test certificates at airports, sometimes for as much as 300 euros each. Monday’s warning issued by the EU law enforcement agency comes after police arrested several suspects selling forged certificates declaring people had… Read More
27th January 2021
The European Union will hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian individuals if the Kremlin releases pro-democracy campaigner Alexei Navalny, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, sending the bloc’s top diplomat to Moscow next week. Despite calls from Baltic countries, Italy and Romania for sanctions on Russian officials in… Read More
26th January 2021
Hong Kong authorities are scrutinizing the financial records of pro-democracy activists as they crack down on political opposition, according to some activists and a senior bank executive. Six pro-democracy activists told Reuters that Hong Kong police obtained some of their bank records without their consent and questioned them about certain… Read More
26th January 2021
Insurers are inadvertently funding organised crime by paying out claims from companies who have paid ransoms to regain access to data and systems after a hacking attack, Britain’s former top cybersecurity official has warned. Ciaran Martin, who ran the National Cyber Security Centre until last August, said he feared that… Read More
22nd January 2021
Italian police arrested 50 people on Thursday and placed a prominent centrist politician under investigation in a crackdown on the ‘Ndrangheta mafia that prosecutors say lays bare its efforts to launder cash and buy influence. The ‘Ndrangheta is based in the southern region of Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot,… Read More
22nd January 2021
Three men have been jailed for a plot to supply more than £12m worth of counterfeit banknotes. Police found one of the men at a printing unit surrounded by fake £20 notes totalling £5.25m. A further £5m was found by a dog walker, while £200,000 was scattered on a railway… Read More