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Europol: global sport under ‘greater risk’ of match fixing

AP — As the sporting world gradually emerge from months of coronavirus lockdowns, the European Union’s agency for law enforcement cooperation is warning against the “greater risk” of game-fixing by criminals. In a report published Wednesday focusing on the involvement of organized crime groups in sports corruption, Europol said criminals… Read More

Mexico’s Cruz Azul president accused of money laundering, links to organized crime

An arrest warrant has been issued by Mexico’s attorney general’s office for Cruz Azul president Guillermo Alvarez over possible involvement in financial fraud and organized crime, according to documents obtained by ESPN. The arrest warrant was granted on Wednesday, with Alvarez accused of carrying out and orchestrating “operations with… Read More

The Murky History of Russia’s Largest Sports Betting Company

By Roman Shleynov, OCCRP, 16 June 2020 OCCRP — One day in the summer of 2013, the central Moscow office of Fonbet, Russia’s largest sports betting company, looked like a besieged fortress. Sparks and the smell of burnt metal filled the air. Officers from the anti-corruption directorate of the… Read More
16th June 2020
The Irish government has asked authorities in America and the UK to use their political influence to help gardai pursue international drug trafficker Daniel Kinahan, who has become a big-time promoter in professional boxing. The move is part of a diplomatic strategy to build a “coalition” of governments and international… Read More
15th June 2020
AP – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an “accused person” over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the… Read More
12th June 2020
AP – A lawyer who worked for track and field’s governing body when it first started to receive waves of new evidence pointing to a massive doping problem in Russia testified Wednesday in a Paris court that the sport’s then-president quickly decided to soft-pedal the problem. Habib Cisse’s testimony… Read More
8th June 2020
AFP – Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ world governing body, goes on trial in Paris on Monday facing a potential 10-year prison sentence on charges of accepting millions of dollars to cover up Russian doping tests. Diack, the Senegalese who was in charge of the International… Read More
5th June 2020
Although the Mexican soccer league has cancelled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines, as three of its directors are being investigated for corruption. On May 29, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera – UIF) froze the accounts… Read More
4th June 2020
As the Federal Prosecutor’s Office continues to investigate numerous corruption cases linked to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), dismissal proceedings have been launched against the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, because of secret meetings he has held with the FIFA president. The story begins The Swiss component of… Read More
27th May 2020
The so-called Vancouver model is an outlier in the history of Canadian crime, a criminologist told B.C.’s public inquiry on money laundering Tuesday. Stephen Schneider told the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering that this system for laundering illegal funds from China and revenue from drug trafficking is exceptional. “I’ve… Read More
21st May 2020
Switzerland has moved closer to removing Attorney General Michael Lauber from office after a parliamentary panel launched impeachment proceedings against the top Swiss prosecutor relating to his probe of corruption in world soccer. The judicial committee voted on Wednesday 13 to 4 to move against Lauber “on suspicion of serious… Read More
1st May 2020
Bank Hapoalim agreed to pay $874 million to settle U.S. charges that it conspired with American taxpayers to hide more than $7.6 billion in secret Swiss and Israeli accounts, federal prosecutors said, the second-biggest settlement in a decade-long crackdown on offshore tax evasion. The Swiss unit of the bank,… Read More
1st May 2020
Fifa is preparing to press the authorities in Switzerland to prosecute Sepp Blatter for alleged corruption, after the Swiss attorney general dropped part of its investigation despite police reports listing years of apparent gifts and payments provided to the then vice-president, Jack Warner, in return for votes for Blatter… Read More