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Five Algerian billionaires arrested as part of anti-graft investigation: State TV

Five Algerian billionaires, some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, state TV said on Monday. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation who is especially active… Read More

Prosecutors rest case against fake German heiress

AP — New York prosecutors have rested their case against the woman accused of passing herself off as a German heiress and swindling friends, banks and hotels. Anna Sorokin told a judge Monday she will not testify in her grand larceny and theft of services trial in state court in… Read More

Sudan investigating Bashir after large sums of cash found at home: source

Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating ousted President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a judicial source said on Saturday. The source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000… Read More
21st April 2019
AP — Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and his son, Paul Suzuki, 40, arrived in custody in the U.S. on Wednesday, and appeared… Read More
18th April 2019
AP — Protesters in Sudan called Thursday for new street demonstrations to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar al-Bashir’s two brothers on corruption charges. Military council spokesman Gen. Shams… Read More
18th April 2019
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it has agreed not to prosecute one of the country’s biggest gold refineries, Republic Metals Corporation (RMC), after an investigation into possible money laundering. The probe is part of a broader crackdown by U.S. authorities on imports of gold from South American countries such as… Read More
18th April 2019
The European Union banking watchdog said on Wednesday that its investigation into financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank did not find any breach of EU law. Danish and Estonian financial regulators have publicly blamed each other for the Danske Bank… Read More
18th April 2019
AP — Former President Alan Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption. Authorities broke through a door at Garcia’s mansion in… Read More
17th April 2019
A year after closing one of its largest banks for money laundering and the detention of its central bank governor for alleged bribery, Latvia is struggling to deal with the fallout from the corruption scandal. The country’s new government, formed in January after months of political deadlock, is trying to… Read More
16th April 2019
A UniCredit Group affiliate bank will plead guilty to US federal and state criminal violations and pay $1.3 billion to regulatory and prosecutorial agencies to resolve breaches of sanctions against Iran and other nations, officials disclosed. Under terms of a non-prosecution agreement with the US Justice Department, the group’s German… Read More
16th April 2019
Democratic lawmakers on Monday issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank and requested documents from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup as part ongoing probes into the US president’s financial ties to other nations and suspected money laundering in Russia and Eastern Europe. The Deutsche Bank subpoena, issued by the… Read More
16th April 2019
AP — Newly unsealed documents in the fraud case of a South Dakota man linked to an admitted Russian covert agent show he obtained at least $2.3 million from 78 people for bogus investments dating to at least 1997. Paul Erickson has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of wire… Read More
15th April 2019
European lawmakers are urging financial institutions and governments to address dozens of legal and supervisory shortcomings they say contributed to the proliferation of massive money laundering schemes in recent years. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly said that recent money laundering schemes linked to… Read More