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Mafia boss caught after claiming dole in Spain

An Italian mafia boss who was allegedly claiming unemployment benefit in Spain has been arrested on the Costa del Sol. Giuseppe Refrigeri, believed to be a leader of the Banda della Marranella, which controls the drugs traffic in Rome, was seen at an unemployment office in Estepona. Police said that… Read More

Colombia Proposes Centralizing Gold Sales to Fight Crime

By Julett Pineda Sleinan, OCCRP, 6 March 2021 OCCRP — Colombia is considering centralizing the purchase of gold to combat illegal mining, violence, and environmental damage and prevent the mineral from entering the black market. President Ivan Duque said during a regional conference on mining… Read More

U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account

Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with the matter, including one U.S. government official. The transaction… Read More
5th March 2021
In a bunker-style courthouse tacked onto a prison, close to a hundred suspected mafiosi and their accomplices are standing trial, accused of defrauding the EU out of millions of euros. The so-called maxi-trial is expected to reconstruct, for the first time, an integrated system through which prosecutors… Read More
4th March 2021
The United States says it is “deeply concerned” over the release from pretrial detention of a Kyrgyz organized-crime figure for whom Washington has offered a $1 million reward. In a statement on March 3, the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek described Kamchy Kolbaev as a “transnational organized-crime… Read More
3rd March 2021
B.C. casino investigators probed real estate lawyers whom they had connected to private mortgages, organized crime and an alleged transnational money-laundering scheme, the province’s inquiry has heard. In testimony Tuesday at the Cullen Commission, Brad Rudnicki, a BC Lottery Corporation anti-money laundering intelligence specialist, said his investigations suggested… Read More
3rd March 2021
By Julett Pineda Sleinan, OCCRP, 2 March 2021 OCCRP — German police arrested eight people aged between 24 and 55 and searched dozens of premises throughout the country as part of a mega operation that targeted right-wing groups allegedly involved in drug and arms trafficking and money… Read More
2nd March 2021
B.C.’s inquiry into money laundering has heard stunning evidence about connections between B.C. government casinos, casinos in Macau and Las Vegas, and international drug traffickers and loan sharks moving money between Vancouver, Latin America and Asia via Chinese underground banks. The Cullen Commission heard new details on Monday about… Read More
1st March 2021
When Myanmar’s military dictatorship imprisoned the country’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, earlier this month, one of the ramifications was the trading halt on the Australian Stock Exchange of a small Australian listed mining company, Myanmar Metals. The company’s key asset – a silver and lead mine in… Read More
1st March 2021
An aircraft belonging to former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli was detained at Guatemala’s international airport by the local anti-narcotics prosecutor’s office at the request of U.S. authorities, Guatemalan authorities said late on Friday. The reasons for the United States requesting the operation were not immediately clear. Guatemalan authorities said in… Read More
24th February 2021
One of the largest police investigations into organized crime in Ontario’s history has fallen apart after police allegedly illegally intercepted phone calls as part of a multimillion-dollar probe into suspected Mob activity in the Greater Toronto Area, CBC News has learned. The operation, dubbed Project Sindacato, resulted in charges against… Read More
24th February 2021
A group of influential Democratic senators are introducing legislation which would sanction the president of Honduras – an alleged drug trafficker and key US ally – and cut off financial aid and ammunition sales to the country’s security forces which are implicated in widespread human rights abuses and criminal… Read More
24th February 2021
Mexico’s attorney general’s office has asked lawmakers to strip the governor of the violent northern state of Tamaulipas of his immunity, alleging probable cause for money laundering and ties to organized crime, a ruling party leader said on Tuesday. Ignacio Mier, the majority leader of Mexico’s lower house of Congress,… Read More