Featured Criminal Investigations

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

Close friend of Spain’s emeritus king transferred $39 million from “donation” to a US bank

An information exchange between a Spanish judge and a Swiss prosecutor has shed new light on an ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities involving emeritus king Juan Carlos I, the father of Spain’s reigning monarch Felipe VI. Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, has been waiting for the Swiss… Read More

Former Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing senior executive charged for accepting HK$9.15 million in bribes

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog, charged a former senior executive of bourse operator Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing on Wednesday for accepting HK$9.15 million (US$1.18 million) in bribes between 2017 and 2019. Eugene Yeoh Kim-loong, 43, the former joint-head of the initial public offering (IPO)… Read More
25th March 2020
Just days after his gutted Bird Streets mansion finally sold for $18.5 million — a whopping $20 million loss — another former home of fugitive financier Jho Low has popped up for sale. This one, a sprawling mansion located in the ultra-exlusive Trousdale Estates section of Beverly… Read More
25th March 2020
Two Sydney men have been jailed for their involvement in a $17 million money-laundering operation they helped run alongside a terrorist sympathiser. Ahmad Ali and Fouad Moussa, both 28, were sentenced in the NSW District Court after pleading guilty to the “unsophisticated” scheme which lasted six months before they were… 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
By David Klein  OCCRP — As COVID-19 shut down the world in less than a month, cybercriminals seized the opportunity to use the Internet to defraud and blackmail people and companies. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that their Scamwatch service has tracked nearly 100 coronavirus related… 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
23rd March 2020
Deutsche Bank AG said five former management board members are under investigation for tax evasion, days after the first two bankers were convicted in Germany’s long-running Cum-Ex scandal. The bank disclosed the information in its annual report Friday without identifying the board members. The bank said it may also… Read More
23rd March 2020
As Turkey grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the March 17 arrest of Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoglu failed to draw the attention it deserves. Gurbanoglu was arrested on terrorism charges, part of what he alleges is a web of collusion between global energy giants and Turkish prosecutors. Gurbanoglu, 52, was a former ally… Read More
19th March 2020
By David Klein OCCRP — The deputy chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s staunch anti-corruption president, has now found himself amidst a corruption probe. Andriy Smyrnov is now under investigation for his involvement in the escape of a judge, who had been caught taking a bribe, from the country… Read More
18th March 2020
Portugal’s so-called ‘super judge’ Carlos Alexandre has ordered the seizure of all Angolan billionaire businesswoman Isabel dos Santos’ assets in the country, including lucrative stakes in various companies and luxury properties. Alexandre, a high-profile judge specializing in white-collar crime, made the order in Lisbon’s Central Court for Criminal… Read More
17th March 2020
The inquiry that led to the detention of former Brazil player Ronaldinho Gaucho enters a new stage this week as prosecutors focus on what they believe is a money laundering scheme involving the businesswoman who invited him to Paraguay. Investigators will begin reviewing files and messages on the phones of… Read More