29th December 2020
New York state is using its “Son of Sam” law to claw back the profits from a crime, a step it hasn’t taken since at least 2001. The law, which dates to 1977, prohibits convicts from making money from their crimes through lucrative book and movie deals. State legislators created… Read More
28th December 2020
By the end of March, one week into the UK’s first lockdown, recorded crime in Lancashire had dropped by a startling 40% compared with the four-year average. “At first there was some mild panic,” says DCI Eric Halford, of Lancashire Constabulary. “Most senior officers expected a surge in demand.”… Read More
28th December 2020
The figures are shocking – the trade in illegal art is worth $10billion and after drugs and arms it makes up the world’s third largest black market. But the problem with claims by Unesco, art dealers say, is that they are simply not true. It has led to a row… Read More
24th December 2020
Security agencies in Uganda have arrested a prominent human rights lawyer over alleged money laundering. Nicholas Opiyo, known for representing LGBTQ+ people, was arrested in a restaurant in the capital, Kampala, on Tuesday by plainclothes security and financial intelligence officers. Opiyo, executive director of rights organisation Chapter Four Uganda,… Read More
23rd December 2020
A major figure in the organised crime world who went undetected for two decades before being exposed by his lavish lifestyle has been jailed. Thomas Maher, 40, an Irish haulier who lived in Warrington, Cheshire, was described by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as a “professional facilitator” for crime gangs… Read More
22nd December 2020
When Chinese businessman Wang Xi first gambled at Sheldon Adelson’s Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore, he hit the jackpot, winning $3.7 million. After more wins in later trips, his luck turned sour and he racked up millions in losses. After one particularly tough day in the high-roller room, he… Read More
22nd December 2020
Human rights groups are demanding that two of Britain’s biggest banks explain why they have lent tens of millions of pounds to a technology company building a telecoms network that is part-owned and used by the Myanmar military. HSBC and Standard Chartered have loaned $60m (£44.5m) to Vietnamese telecom giant… Read More
21st December 2020
The number of cases of suspected match-fixing in esports has more than doubled in 2020 amid fears that Covid-19 has contributed to a surge in corruption in competitive video gaming. Criminal gangs – including mafia groups and Chinese triads – are among those orchestrating corruption in esports. Esports – competitive… Read More
21st December 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 18 December 2020 OCCRP — Authorities in Spain have arrested 23 alleged members of a Russian-speaking conspiracy to infiltrate public institutions and launder proceeds from criminal enterprises involving murder, extortion, and drug, arms and human trafficking in several countries around the world. The sting, announced… Read More
18th December 2020
Credit Suisse Group AG and one of its former bank managers have been indicted by Swiss prosecutors over the lender’s alleged failure to prevent money laundering by a Bulgarian drug ring. The Zurich-based bank failed to take all the organizational measures that were “reasonable and required” to guard against… Read More