Featured Americas

Is There a ‘New Normal’ for De-risking in the Caribbean?

In early August 2019, it was revealed that large amounts of currency, upwards of $50 million monthly, are being shipped out of Jamaica. Peter Higgins, who is part of the Bank of Jamaica’s Foreign Exchange Code Working Group, noted that “too much cash is being shipped from Jamaica and to… Read More

Money Laundering May Have Fueled Luxury US Lifestyle of Hugo Chavez’s Daughter

The daughter of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez allegedly used a secret bank account in the United States for two years to make million-dollar purchases, adding to a long list of money-laundering accusations against the Chávez family. According to a report by Diario Las Américas, María Gabriela… Read More

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

AP — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they’ve uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country’s banking laws. The Mexican drug cartels are taking advantage of the… Read More
18th October 2019
Months after charges were stayed in Canada’s largest money-laundering case, neither the RCMP nor the Public Prosecution Service of Canada has provided any public explanation of what went wrong. But a Postmedia investigation has uncovered details of how the massive prosecution of Silver International and its owners, Caixuan Qin and… Read More
18th October 2019
Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) over its new movie based on the case, accusing the video streaming company of defamation and seeking to stop the film’s release. The Panama Papers, which… Read More
17th October 2019
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More
16th October 2019
India wants to comply with global sanctions, including U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Russia, but also needs to maintain its own strength and strategic interests, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in an interview on Tuesday. The United States in January imposed the toughest sanctions yet on Venezuela’s oil industry. The… Read More
16th October 2019
He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected… Read More
16th October 2019
It has created 470,000 jobs. It contributes over $11 billion to the economy. It has even sparked a diplomatic clash with China. The strange thing is, nobody is sure who fully owns it. It’s not as though the Philippine offshore gaming operators who are transforming Manila, known collectively as POGOs,… Read More
16th October 2019
As Venezuela’s chronic food shortages began intensifying, Naman Wakil, a former street peddler who made millions of dollars supplying meat to the socialist government’s food programs, decided to share the wealth. Wakil ordered his Swiss bankers to transfer $5.9 million to relatives of state Food Minister Carlos Osorio, who’d given… Read More
15th October 2019
A Miami financial advisor who faced trial Tuesday on corruption and money-laundering charges that implicated Ecuador’s national oil company and Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has decided to plead guilty. Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda, who has American and Ecuadorian citizenship, admitted in a plea agreement that he used the U.S. financial… Read More
14th October 2019
In 2017, Israeli private investigation company Black Cube secretly recorded senior officials at Mexico’s Petróleos Mexicanos describing widespread bribery and corruption at the state-run oil company. The audio recordings are part of the evidence in a lawsuit filed last year against the Mexican government by a Mexican oil-field drilling company… Read More
11th October 2019
Colombia’s Supreme Court says it will continue investigating a former president over allegations he tried to bribe a paramilitary group and then intimidate witnesses. Former President Alvaro Uribe was questioned for hours over accusations he tried to bribe and intimidate members of a paramilitary group who claimed to have damaging… Read More