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Latin America was making progress fighting corruption. Now impunity is roaring back.

Five years ago, everything changed in Latin America—or so it seemed. Investigations into a money-laundering operation in Brazil beginning in 2014 revealed a massive bribery scheme involving energy and construction companies. The “Car Wash” scandal saw dozens jailed and billions of dollars in fines—and implicated politicians in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and… Read More

Gold buttons, suspicious cash led investigators to Miami’s famed Seybold jewelry market

Miami’s Seybold building is a famous jewelry marketplace that attracts customers from across the globe. But investigators say it was also home to a crew of money launderers who are illegally smuggling in gold from Argentina — sometimes disguised as buttons on jackets. Three people were arrested this week, two… Read More

U.S. imposes sanctions on Argentina-based online pharmacies for opioids

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday placed sanctions on Goldpharma, an Argentina-based network of online pharmacies that it said contributed to the opioid crisis by selling clandestinely produced narcotics to customers in the United States. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also designated eight Argentine nationals and nine entities… Read More
22nd May 2019
Argentina’s populist ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner passed through a crowd of ardent supporters and into a Buenos Aires courthouse on Tuesday to undergo a graft trial she derided as a “smokescreen,” days after kicking off her campaign for vice president on social media. Sitting for the first time in… Read More
17th May 2019
AP — Argentina’s Supreme Court says the first corruption trial against former President Cristina Fernández is still scheduled to start next week, despite a judicial order that her opponents feared could delay the trial into the presidential campaign season or beyond. The court this week said it would review the… Read More
6th March 2019
AP—Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts not only on Miami but also in South America, a… Read More
8th January 2019
Up to 47 properties and numerous vehicles were seized in a police crackdown on a drug dealers’ network which involved investing drug money in the property market. In a joint operation between police in Spain, Italy, Argentina and Europol, almost 50 suspects were arrested regarding the gang’s activities, which… Read More
10th September 2018
Europe needs a single agency to tackle money laundering, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure said on Friday after recent cases at European Union banks that have exposed gaps in the bloc’s ability to prevent financial crime. “We support any initiative that leads to a more harmonized and… Read More
22nd August 2018
Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez agreed on Tuesday to allow investigators to search properties belonging to her as part of a corruption case in which construction company executives have said they paid bribes for government contracts. The scandal is of importance to next year’s presidential election, in which leftist Fernandez… Read More
7th August 2018
Argentine prosecutors questioned a construction executive related to President Mauricio Macri on Monday as part of a sprawling investigation into bribe payments made to the former government, a person close to the case told Reuters. Angelo Calcaterra, the former head of construction company Iecsa and Macri’s cousin, told prosecutors he… Read More
17th November 2017
By Ed Malyon, Independent A former Argentine football official killed himself on Tuesday, the same day that he was accused of taking bribes during the second day of a Fifa corruption trial that began in New York this week. Jorge Delhon, an executive with the Argentine government’s Football For… Read More
16th November 2017
By Oliver Laughland, Guardian A senior Fifa official took at least $1m in bribes to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, a witness testified in court on Tuesday, as part of a broad investigation into corruption at Fifa. Julio Grondona, a senior vice-president at Fifa and head… Read More
15th November 2017
By Oliver Laughland, Guardian Some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including Fox Sports, were involved in bribe payments to Fifa officials in order to secure the broadcast rights to major South American football tournaments, a key witness in the investigation into corruption at football’s governing body has told a federal… Read More