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Israeli arms manufacturers paid millions to Azeris through Russian bank

Last month, The Times of Israel reported that Israel’s largest aerospace manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, transferred at least $155 million in 2012-2014 to two companies that were reportedly used as a secret slush fund for Azerbaijan’s kleptocratic elite. A new report published earlier this month on Russian… 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

The AML System: A Failure of Statecraft?

Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of the… Read More
19th October 2020
A 79-year-old Texan billionaire has been accused of using a web of entities in Bermuda and Nevis to hide US$2 billion in assets in what prosecutors say is the largest tax evasion case against an American in US history. Robert Brockman was charged with tax evasion, money laundering and other… Read More
16th October 2020
By Anthony Cormier, Jason Leopold, John Templon, Scott Pham, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Richard Holmes and Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News, 15 October 2020 BuzzFeed News — Long before he emerged as one of the central figures in then–special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia’s interference in the 2016… Read More
14th October 2020
By Šarūnas Černiauskas, Vlad Lavrov and Stas Ivashkevich, OCCRP, 13 October 2020 OCCRP — In December 2010, Alexander Lukashenko celebrated his fourth reelection as the president of Belarus. The fight was far from fair: Lukashenko’s rivals argued that the dictator had abused his power to secure the win. The international… Read More
12th October 2020
Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK anti-money laundering legislation… Read More
5th October 2020
Robert T. Brockman was just putting the finishing touches on a new private equity fund when worrisome news arrived. Law enforcement agents had raided the home of a tax lawyer in Texas who had worked for him. A Houston businessman who had made his fortune selling software to auto dealers,… Read More
1st October 2020
The ownership of hundreds of thousands of companies registered in one of the world’s most secretive financial jurisdictions is to be made public for the first time. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has committed itself to creating a publicly accessible register of company ownership by 2023 in a move welcomed… Read More
28th September 2020
As schoolboys, their friendship was cemented while playing in the same rugby team at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools. Since those days at The King’s School in Canterbury, Kirils Pestuns, James Dickins and Daniel O’Donoghue have unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a global network of companies… Read More
25th September 2020
In the summer of 2015, the New York branch of British bank Barclays flagged as suspicious a transfer of $1 million to former Moscow Deputy Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze for “consulting services.” The transfer originated with a company called BEM Global Corp., which is controlled by prominent real-estate developer Roman Fuks. Read More
16th September 2020
Malta’s new attorney general has refused to release a copy of an inquiry into whether the former prime minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, took a €100,000 kickback on passport sales. The inquiry was based on a leaked FIAU report that raised suspicions about two €50,000 transactions that passed between… Read More
8th September 2020
Gambling is now officially legal in the Virgin Islands, but it may not be as tightly controlled as legislators previously claimed. When Premier Andrew Fahie introduced the controversial gambling bill in February, he promised that it would include extensive measures that would ensure the industry is well regulated. But… Read More