12th April 2021
Gardai investigating the alleged misappropriation of funds from the charity Bothar by its former chief executive are examining claims that other people might have been involved in fraud. Bothar secured a High Court order last week freezing the assets of David Moloney, its former boss, who quit in February after… Read More
11th April 2021
By Juliett Pineda, OCCRP, 8 April 2021 OCCRP — After they intercepted encrypted messages exchanged between members of organized crime groups, Belgian authorities seized in the port of Antwerp 27.64 tons of cocaine worth some 1.38 billion euros (about US$1.64 billion) just over the past two… Read More
7th April 2021
By Lara Dihmis and Tom Stocks, OCCRP, 7 April 2021 OCCRP —  British MP and anti-corruption advocate Margaret Hodge reported Lebanon’s central bank governor Riad Salame and his associates to the U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA) for money laundering and corrupt practices. Hodge’s cabinet confirmed to… Read More
7th April 2021
Former BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes surrendered to United States authorities in Hawaii on Tuesday, six months after federal prosecutors first levied charges against him and three fellow BitMEX executives. In a statement, Hayes’ lawyers described the Singapore resident as “a self-made entrepreneur who has been wrongly… Read More
7th April 2021
By Juliett Pineda, OCCRP, 6 April 2021 OCCRP — British authorities said they have seized drugs worth 4.3 million pounds (nearly US$6 million) from suspected members of a criminal network that sold MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, amphetamines and other narcotics on the dark web. The… Read More
7th April 2021
Latvian lender Rietumu Banka won a 75% reduction in what was once France’s highest criminal fine for a company. Rietumu, which had allegedly helped clients of a company-registration and advisory firm dodge taxes, will still have to pay 20 million euros ($23.6 million), down from the… Read More
7th April 2021
U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday they charged the president of a New York cosmetics company for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to violate U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. Michael Rose, president of Forsythe Cosmetics Group LLC, is accused of skirting U.S. sanctions between 2015 and 2018 by arranging for… Read More
6th April 2021
A sophisticated human trafficking network dismantled in Colombia, illustrates a pattern in how Venezuelan citizens, particularly women, are recruited. On March 27, Colombian authorities managed to arrest and indict members of an organized criminal group (Grupo de Delincuencia Organizado – GDO) known as “Los PEP,” who… Read More
6th April 2021
For the first time in the country’s history, South Korean prosecutors have sold bitcoin confiscated from criminals, CoinDesk Korea reported. The sale turned a profit of around 12.3 billion won (around US$10.9 million), which has been transferred to the national treasury. On April 1, the Suwon… Read More
5th April 2021
Keith Schembri and his associates have been granted bail by the court but will only be released from prison tomorrow. The former OPM chief of staff will be released from Corradino Correctional Facility on Tuesday against a €60,000 deposit and a €90,000 personal guarantee. Bail was offered to Malcolm Scerri… Read More