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FATF identifies red flag indicators to detect misuse of virtual assets

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has prepared a report on red flag indicators to assist financial institutions, investigating agencies and regulators in detecting misuse of virtual assets for money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes. Virtual assets, which also include cryptocurrencies, are defined as a digital representation of… Read More

Drug kingpins, fraudsters and a jailed banker on leaked Chinese database

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

Romania extradites human trafficking kingpin to US

Romania’s Minister of the Interior, Marcel Vela, on Friday announced the arrest and extradition to the US of an alleged human trafficking kingpin wanted by the US for eight immigration-related charges. The accused “is at the top of a network of international human trafficking [gangs operating] in Romania, Mexico and… Read More
21st July 2020
OCCRP – A new project that will be led by Europol and financed by the European Commission will help the EU’s eastern neighbours — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — fight organized crime. “Located along the Black Sea and forming part of the ‘heroin route’ from the… Read More
15th July 2020
Jeffrey Epstein, the sex criminal and financier, didn’t act alone. Now we know in vivid detail who some of his financial enablers were: executives and bankers at Deutsche Bank. Last week the New York Department of Financial Services laid bare at least some of the financial underpinnings of… Read More
14th July 2020
Ten Kuwaiti social media influencers are on the radars of the Kuwaiti state security agency after their bank accounts showed massively inflated balance, Kuwaiti media reported. “Kuwait’s Public Prosecution has received ten complaints against five influencers after their bank accounts dramatically inflated and summons warrants will be issued once state… Read More
14th July 2020
Britain has at least 100,000 slave workers – 10 times the official figure – according to a new report. William Hague, the former UK foreign secretary, has called for a renewed drive to tackle the “terrible crime” of holding another human being enslaved after the report found a rise in… Read More
9th July 2020
When Deutsche Bank AG sought out Jeffrey Epstein as a client, he was a convicted Florida sex offender with a publicized taste for young eastern European women. The bank helped him send millions of dollars to his alleged co-conspirators. It handled transfers to women with Russian bank accounts. And… Read More
8th July 2020
The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen and banned from entering the country. And Saudi Arabian officials involved in… Read More
23rd June 2020
The Council of Europe is calling for tougher tools for the fight against organized crime which only in the European Union could be making over 100 billion euro a year while authorities are confiscating just a fragment of its proceeds. To enhance the powers of investigators, the Council of… Read More
10th June 2020
On the evening of September 21, 2018, police special forces raided a pool hall in the Albanian capital, Tirana, in search of Safet Bajri. Thirty-six-year-old Bajri was among more than a dozen people rounded up that day by police in Tirana, the northern Albanian town of Shkodra and the Dutch… Read More
9th June 2020
Due to an alleged involvement in human trafficking and money laundering, Kuwait officials have confirmed that a Bangladeshi lawmaker has been arrested. Kuwaiti Public Prosecution ordered remanding MP, Mohammad Shahid Islam, pending investigation, after being referred by the residence investigation department, which arrested him in the Musharraf area on Saturday. Read More
30th April 2020
Organized crime is mutating in Mexico as gangs who steal oil and sell drugs try a lucrative new line of work trafficking people, according to a top official fighting money laundering. Santiago Nieto, head of Mexico’s financial intelligence unit (UIF), said his team had discovered that some of the country’s… Read More