8th October 2020
Kazakh opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov has been charged in Paris with embezzling $7.5 billion in a case brought by Kazakhstan, according to one of his lawyers. Gerard Cholakian said Ablyazov, who was recently granted political asylum in France, was charged with “aggravated abuse of trust” and “money laundering” before he… Read More
7th October 2020
The latest UNCTAD report titled Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 ranked Kenya at position 24 globally among countries that record high illicit financial flows. The report was presented by Secretary General of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi at the end of September 2020. This places Kenya ahead of Nigeria (34),… Read More
6th October 2020
For over a decade, there have been calls in Congress to address shadowy corporate entities, known as shell companies, that are considered a cornerstone of fraud, corruption, and money laundering. These companies help unsavory characters and organizations hide wealth or use the proceeds of crime to buy up legitimate assets… Read More
6th October 2020
Sir Malcolm Rifkind had been more used to summoning ambassadors than visiting them. His spell as Foreign Secretary had been cut short, however, by a Conservative electoral collapse. Having lost his Commons seat too, in the first summer of the new millennium Rifkind approached the Czech embassy, a prize-winning concrete… Read More
1st October 2020
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Rodrigo Rato was acquitted by a Spanish court on Tuesday of fraud charges and falsifying accounts, during the botched 2011 public listing of the major Spanish bank, Bankia. The National Court of Justice in Madrid also acquitted 33 further people and entities —… Read More
29th September 2020
Brazilian state prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro on Monday brought charges against the president’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, for alleged embezzlement, laundering and running a criminal organization, domestic newspaper O Globo reported. The indictments ratchet up pressure in a long-running probe into the son of right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro. The younger… Read More
29th September 2020
China’s top anti-corruption body has said it will step up its efforts to target funds sent overseas by corrupt officials days after the Canada-based singer Wanting Qu demanded justice for her mother, who has been detained for six years on bribery charges. In a Sunday morning post titled Overseas Is… Read More
25th September 2020
Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash siphoned off more than $190 million of state loans his bank received in the wake of the global financial crisis, part of which he ploughed into a deal to privatize a titanium manufacturing company, according to leaked documents. Bank filings and details from a criminal investigation… Read More
21st September 2020
ICIJ — Secret U.S. government documents reveal that JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and other big banks have defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world. The records show that five global… Read More
21st September 2020
BuzzFeed News — When Robert Meltzer, who runs gyms for children in Los Angeles, found that more than $60,000 in payroll taxes — half a year’s worth — had gone missing in 2013, it was too late. When something similar happened to Stanford Media Group, a company that sold CDs… Read More