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Prince Andrew Helped a Secretive Luxembourg Bank Woo Sketchy Clients

It isn’t much fun these days being Prince Andrew, eighth in line to the British throne. Last year he was grounded by his mother, the queen, after a disastrous TV interview about his links to the late money manager and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The prince rarely leaves… Read More

JPMorgan to Reveal Bankers Who Approved Suspicious Transfers

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to identify any bank officials who signed off on $875 million of transfers to a former Nigerian oil minister, after the government said that some of the lender’s own managers expressed concerns. The west African nation has accused the U.S. bank in a London… Read More

U.S. Out to Seize Jet Entrepreneur’s $22 Million Bel Air Mansion

The U.S. is seeking to confiscate a $22 million Los Angeles mansion from a company controlled by a private-jet entrepreneur, as it goes after assets it says the home’s previous owner bought with the spoils of corrupt Nigerian oil deals. The 15,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Bel Air property, which its developer… Read More
7th October 2020
The latest UNCTAD report titled Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 ranked Kenya at position 24 globally among countries that record high illicit financial flows. The report was presented by Secretary General of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi at the end of September 2020. This places Kenya ahead of Nigeria (34),… Read More
6th October 2020
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has alleged that some corrupt Nigerians engage real estate firms to conceal illicit funds. The organisation alleged that there had been a consolidation of dirty deals in the real estate sector. The Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, raised the alarm in Abuja… Read More
5th October 2020
Classified documents from Britain’s financial crime agency have revealed how it allowed JP Morgan to pay $875 million of suspicious funds to Dan Etete, a former Nigerian oil minister widely known as a convicted money launderer. The documents, rarely seen Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), were filed by the banking… Read More
25th September 2020
A law firm owned by Rickey Tarfa, a senior lawyer facing trial over bribery allegations in Nigeria, has appeared in leaked suspicious activity reports filed with the United States’ Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The SAR filed on Rickey Tarfa & Co showed 427 suspicious wire transfers, totalling $2,261,181.22,… Read More
9th September 2020
The Federal Government on Tuesday re-arraigned an oil magnate, Aliyu Abubakar, and seven others on a 67-count criminal charge over their alleged involvement in the disputed Oil Processing License (OPL) 245 otherwise known as Malabu Oil. Abubakar was in July arraigned on a 48-count criminal charge bordering on money laundering,… Read More
31st August 2020
How would you spend £340 ($450)? It’s a lot of money – enough for a haute couture purse from Yves Saint Laurent. It is also the market rate for a kilogram of scales from the world’s most trafficked animal. The story of how the trade of pangolin scales… Read More
17th August 2020
A former Acting Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Rislanudeen Mohammed, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja how he collected $2.2m in cash from former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Mohammed Adoke. In interviews, his book and several previous submissions, Adoke had said his loan repayment was done… Read More
6th August 2020
Mohammed Adoke, a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the amended charges of money laundering filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Adoke, alongside Aliyu Abubakar who is an Abuja-based businessman are facing a seven-count charge… Read More
4th August 2020
Africa isn’t included on the virtual asset regulatory map just yet. But crypto businesses seeing strong growth across the 54-country continent are working hard on know-your-customer (KYC) rules to meet the exacting standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). A broad range of entities operating in Africa,… Read More
3rd August 2020
The phrase “shell company” conjures images of offshore havens such as Panama or the British Virgin Islands, but one of the world’s leading enablers of financial secrecy is actually the United States. In every state, more personal details and proof of identity are required to get a library card… Read More