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Germany Probes Possible Money Laundering by Wirecard Executives

German prosecutors are looking into possible money laundering by executives at Wirecard AG, adding to ongoing probes related to potential fraud and fake accounting at the insolvent payments firm. A spokeswoman for the Munich public prosecutor said it was conducting several legal cases related to possible money laundering… Read More

Three Gandhi family trusts to be probed for tax violations, money laundering

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced it has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe into alleged violation of various legal provisions by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. A Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee. “MHA… Read More

Monaco court upholds case dismissal against art dealer accused of defrauding Russian oligarch

A Monaco court on Wednesday upheld an earlier ruling dismissing a case against a prominent art dealer accused by a Russian oligarch of fraud and money laundering, lawyers for the art dealer said. Monaco’s appeals court in December ordered the closure of a preliminary investigation opened by local authorities into… Read More
9th July 2020
Police in Miami on Wednesday arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, U.S. and Mexican officials said. Duarte, who governed the northern border state from 2010 to 2016, has been accused by Mexican authorities of misappropriating… Read More
9th July 2020
The Justice Department is examining whether scandal-plagued German payment company Wirecard AG played a critical role in an alleged $100 million bank-fraud conspiracy connected to an online marijuana marketplace, according to people familiar with the investigation. Two businessmen have already been charged in the alleged fraud, accused of… Read More
9th July 2020
The United States government has gained custody of a Nigerian man who could have been behind the multi-million cyberattack on Bank of Valletta in February 2019. The FBI’s criminal complaint says that Ramoni Igbalode Abbas aka “Hushpuppi”, who amassed 2.4 million followers on Instagram flaunting luxury cars, designer clothing,… Read More
9th July 2020
Global Witness and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said they condemn a criminal complaint filed against them in France by Afriland First Bank, a Cameroonian financial institution named in the Undermining Sanctions investigation. “For two of the principal subjects of our report to threaten or file… Read More
9th July 2020
Last week Italian law enforcement agents carried out what they said was the world’s largest ever drugs bust of amphetamines. A video from the Guardia di Finanza, a financial crime and smuggling investigations unit attached to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, shows officers using circular saws to cut… Read More
8th July 2020
By Anastasia Austin, InSight Crime, 7 July 2020 InSight Crime – A criminal group in Argentina has found a novel target for extortion: black market currency dealers who are moving large amounts of cash to dollar-hungry Argentines in an economy hit hard by the pandemic. Known as “cuevas,” or… Read More
8th July 2020
With three decades in construction under his belt and his family almost reared, Philip Doyle dared to dream a little during the lockdown period. A recreational diver in his spare time and already part-owner of a small boat, he decided he would invest in a larger vessel of his own. Read More
8th July 2020
Isabel dos Santos, who is accused of causing billions of dollars in losses to the Angolan government during her father’s 38-year rule, said she is available to cooperate with authorities to clear her name and find out the truth. “What I want to resolve as quickly as possible are the… Read More
8th July 2020
Whenever Venezuelan media mogul Raúl Gorrín flew to Miami — before he was accused by the feds of stealing billions from his own government — he would stay at his waterfront estate in Cocoplum and tool around town in his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. Now federal prosecutors want to take… Read More
8th July 2020
The law firm that represents the Duchess of Sussex has received $1.3m (£1m) for its work on a public relations campaign for a fugitive Malaysian financier accused of masterminding one of the world’s largest corruption scandals, documents show. Schillings, a London-based firm that specialises in managing the reputations of wealthy… Read More