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Report: Dubai Facilitates Global Corruption

By Sandrine Gagné-Acoulon, OCCRP, 8 July 2020 OCCRP — A US think tank claims that poor enforcement has turned Dubai into a hotbed of dodgy dealings by allowing the emirate to serve as a major crossroad for gray networks and international finance. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released… Read More

Venezuelan TV mogul’s Rolls-Royce at center of dispute with Miami federal prosecutors

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

Uruguay’s new tax residence rules spark interest among Argentines

Seeking to attract immigrants with high purchasing-power, Uruguay has relaxed its fiscal residence requirements – triggering a rush of consultations from Argentines. Those interested in moving across the Rio de la Plata say they’re not only in tax benefits. Political stability, legal security and even a different approach to controlling… Read More
3rd July 2020
€120 million in financial transactions from the shuttered Portmann Capital Management, were funnelled through the private Malta-based Pilatus Bank, the former economic crimes unit boss said. Assistant Commissioner Ian Abdilla told the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, that Portmann had channelled a total of €120 million… Read More
3rd July 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday said it was looking to recover another $96 million in assets in real estate and artwork linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) international money-laundering conspiracy. The assets include luxury real estate in Paris and paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol linked… Read More
2nd July 2020
Vatican police on Tuesday raided the office that manages St. Peter’s Basilica, seizing documents and electronic equipment as part of an investigation into possible corruption in procurement practices. The extraordinary raid comes a month after the Vatican published new procurement rules intended to prevent corruption and cut costs. The Holy… Read More
29th June 2020
On June 26, the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland found former Member of Parliament of Ukraine Mykola Martynenko guilty of laundering about EUR 2.8 million through the Swiss financial system “as part of a criminal group.” The court also convicted another citizen of Ukraine, Pavlo Skalenko, who, together with the… Read More
25th June 2020
AP – Brown paper bags stuffed with cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in casino chips. A 77-story skyscraper meant to be the highest west of the Mississippi River. Jose Huizar, a Los Angeles city councilman known as “the boss,” was arrested Tuesday on allegations he masterminded a $1.5… Read More
24th June 2020
A North Macedonian court jailed on Thursday the country’s former anti-corruption prosecutor for misuse of office and her collaborator, a controversial ex-reality star and businessman, for corruption that resulted in the release of the country’s richest man from detention. The former head of the Special Prosecution, Katica Janeva, was sentenced… Read More
24th June 2020
Foreign companies own £4.4 billion worth of Scottish property, The Ferret can reveal, leading to calls for greater transparency to stop Scotland losing out on tax revenue. Concerns have also been raised about the need for urgent action to stop criminals using opaque foreign companies to invest in Scottish property… Read More
23rd June 2020
A total of 374,882,245 euros, including cash, financial instruments and real estate have been arrested in the criminal procedures into ABLV Bank investigated by the Economic Crime Control Department (ENAP) of the State Police, the LETA newswire reported June 19, citing police as the source. The police noted that on… Read More
22nd June 2020
After Miami’s real estate boom and bust a decade ago, one of the many foreign buyers who swooped in to snap up a luxury high-rise condo overlooking Biscayne Bay was a minister of parliament in the Republic of the Congo. Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso, whose father has been president of the… Read More
22nd June 2020
Vitaly Malkin can’t prove he owns a luxury ski chalet in France’s Courchevel region. But the Russian businessman still has to pay the taxes on it. After a four-year court battle, Malkin, a former Russian senator, was ordered by a French court earlier this month to pay a $1.7 million… Read More