Featured Criminal Investigations

US moves to seize $330m of alleged 1MDB assets held by UK law firm

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has moved to seize $330m (£256m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm which prosecutors allege is derived from the proceeds of one of the world’s largest financial frauds. The DoJ has filed civil forfeiture proceedings against funds… Read More

China-backed hackers broke into 100 firms and agencies, U.S. says

The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims. The United States government presented the allegations in a set of three… Read More

Estonia: Foreign students falling victim to fictitious real estate ads

Swindlers are offering foreign students imaginary apartments for rent using false identities, addresses and other tricks of the trade. The police are all but powerless and urge people to stay vigilant as the scheme crosses more than one national border, ETV investigative journalism show “Pealtnägija” reported on Wednesday. “Everything was… Read More
18th September 2020
The U.S. Justice Department charged two Russian nationals who prosecutors say defrauded three cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers, resulting in losses of at least $16.8 million. Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi were charged in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco with aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit computer fraud… Read More
17th September 2020
A former FIFA official accused of accepting nearly $1.5 million in bribes told the Greek businessman accused of paying him the cash to delete most of their correspondence. Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s former secretary general, sent the message to Dinos Deris in October 2016, six months before Swiss federal prosecutors opened… Read More
17th September 2020
Dutch prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into how a company owned by Sindika Dokolo, the husband of billionaire Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, managed to acquire a lucrative shareholding in the Portuguese oil and gas firm, Galp. The Public Prosecution Service has also frozen the assets of the company,… Read More
17th September 2020
Authorities have detected an increase in financial transactions linked to the online sexual exploitation of children in the country in recent months as the economic challenges brought about the coronavirus pandemic drove more people into child pornography. Thus said the Anti-Money Laundering Council in a study it released on Wednesday,… Read More
17th September 2020
Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Singapore casino has hired a law firm to conduct a new investigation into employee transfers of more than $1 billion in gamblers’ money to third parties, according to people familiar with the matter. Davinder Singh Chambers LLC, which specializes in dispute resolution and international arbitration,… Read More
17th September 2020
Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, has been hit with U.S. sanctions for her role in the economic plunder of the tiny West African county during her husband’s 22-year rule, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday. Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50 million of state funds… Read More
17th September 2020
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on China’s Union Development Group, the company behind the controversial Dara Sakor tourism development on Cambodia’s coast. The Treasury’s stated reason was that UDG intimidated and evicted families from their homes on the company’s 45,000 hectare concession to make way for the development… Read More
17th September 2020
After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of. The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited… Read More
17th September 2020
Hundreds of Australian people smugglers, fraudsters, drug kingpins and a former Macquarie banker jailed for dealing ecstasy are named on a leaked Chinese database, pointing to Beijing’s use of organised crime figures for gathering intelligence and running foreign interference operations. The database compiled by military contractor China Zhenhua, revealed by The… Read More
16th September 2020
The short-seller that warned about the Wirecard scandal has targeted a second German listed business, this time claiming more than 1,400 British small business owners have fallen prey to an alleged leasing scam. Viceroy Research has published a report that claims Grenke, a finance group that lends to small and… Read More