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Shipbuilding Executive Found Not Guilty in Mozambique Debt Fraud Trial

A federal jury in Brooklyn found a Lebanese shipbuilding executive not guilty of fraud and money-laundering charges related to $2 billion of debt deals in Mozambique, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Jean Boustani, a salesman for shipbuilder Privinvest Group, was found not guilty on charges of wire… Read More

For Love and Money in Mozambique: How a Credit Suisse Banker Helped Fuel an Alleged $2 Billion Debt Fraud

Andrew Pearse said he negotiated his first bribe while sipping vodka at a hotel in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in February 2013. His employer, Credit Suisse Group AG, was financing a $370 million coastal security contract between Mozambique and Privinvest Group, a shipbuilder owned by Lebanese billionaire Iskandar… Read More

Privinvest Salesman Takes Stand in Mozambique Corruption Trial

For six weeks Jean Boustani, a Lebanese salesman at a shipbuilding company, sat quietly in a New York court as prosecutors summoned 20 witnesses to support charges he defrauded U.S. investors in a $2 billion Mozambican kickback scam. On Monday, Boustani began to tell his side of the story to… Read More
25th October 2019
Former Credit Suisse Group AG banker Andrew Pearse’s seven days on the stand in the U.S. bribery trial of a salesman for shipbuilder Privinvest Group concluded with a blistering attack on his credibility. Pearse is a key government witness against Jean Boustani, who’s accused of paying millions of dollars… Read More
18th October 2019
A former Credit Suisse Group AG banker told a federal jury in New York that he alone pocketed at least $45 million in a massive kickback scheme and named other ex-employees of the bank he says made millions of their own. Testifying on Wednesday, Andrew Pearse recited the illicit… Read More
16th October 2019
At least two former Credit Suisse Group AG bankers will testify for the U.S. at a federal trial this week, describing their roles in what the Justice Department says was a $2 billion kickback scam in Mozambique. Andrew Pearse, who headed the global financing group in the bank’s London… Read More
12th August 2019
Mozambique charged 20 people, including the son of former President Armando Guebuza, over a fraud scam in which state-owned companies contracted $2 billion in debt for dubious projects. Legal action may follow against former finance minister Manuel Chang, who Mozambican authorities as well as the U.S Justice Department want… Read More
1st August 2019
Mozambique’s government is to fight for the extradition from South Africa of former finance minister Manuel Chang, who the United States is seeking to put on trial, according to a letter from a law firm seen by Reuters. Chang has been in custody in South Africa since his arrest in… Read More
22nd July 2019
A former Credit Suisse Group AG banker admitted taking millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a scam that involved as much as $2 billion in loans to Mozambique state-owned companies. Andrew Pearse, 49, a former managing director, made the admission Friday as he pleaded guilty… Read More
23rd May 2019
Washington urged South Africa on Wednesday to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang to the United States to face charges related to a $2 billion debt scandal, after it was decided he be sent to his home country. Chang has been in custody in South Africa since December when… Read More
21st May 2019
A former Credit Suisse Group AG banker pleaded guilty on Monday to a U.S. charge that she helped launder money from a kickback scheme involving $2 billion in loans to state-owned companies in Mozambique. Detelina Subeva, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy before U.S. District Judge… Read More
30th April 2019
A Swiss anti-corruption lobby group has filed a criminal complaint against Credit Suisse over alleged fraud in the arrangement of $2 billion of loans to Mozambique, the group said on Monday. Mozambique, one of the most indebted countries in the world, in 2016 admitted to billions of dollars of undisclosed… Read More
4th January 2019
Three former Credit Suisse bankers have been arrested over money laundering and bribery charges pertaining to a scam which involved $2 billion in loans to companies in Mozambique. According to the prosecution, three Mozambican state-owned firms borrowed over $2 billion. The loan proceeds were meant to be used… Read More