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Moscow front companies, tax havens tied to Assad’s ‘chemical arsenal’

A Russian-Syrian business network has been accused of using Moscow front companies, tax havens in British overseas territories and European countries to transfer millions of dollars around the world for the Assad regime. The network, run by a Russian-Syrian businessman called Mudalal Khouri and his brothers, is said to have… Read More

Ireland: How criminals clean their dirty money

‘Money laundering is modern-day alchemy. You take cash earned from criminal activity, put it through a system designed to obliterate any trail of its origins, and then bring it out the other end as legitimate income,” said Jeffrey Robinson, author of The Laundrymen, a seminal book on the subject. Money… Read More

Wirecard ‘link to cash laundering’ in UK

Senior Wirecard employees were linked to an opaque network of British companies associated with alleged money laundering. Staff from the scandal-hit German payment processor were shareholders in a company creation operation in the northeast of England that was shut down after a government investigation. The revelations will increase scrutiny of… Read More
24th June 2020
Foreign companies own £4.4 billion worth of Scottish property, The Ferret can reveal, leading to calls for greater transparency to stop Scotland losing out on tax revenue. Concerns have also been raised about the need for urgent action to stop criminals using opaque foreign companies to invest in Scottish property… Read More
9th June 2020
Nigeria has tracked down and grounded the luxury private jet purchased by its former oil minister, Dan Etete, with some of the alleged proceeds of the nororious $1.3 billion Malabu OPL245 oil deal. Asset recovery lawyers acting for the Nigerian government swooped last week after the Bombardier 6000 jet, tail… Read More
1st June 2020
OCCRP—A British Virgin Islands-based firm allegedly paid more than US$390,000 in bribes to land a natural gas processing plant construction contract in 2009, Nigeria’s attorney general said in a statement obtained by OCCRP and its Nigerian member center, the Premium Times. In 2012, Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID), an… Read More
26th May 2020
The 20 private military contractors (PMCs) who were evacuated from war-torn Libya aboard two Malta-leased RHIBs and to Valletta, were aviation experts getting ready to operate assault helicopters, MaltaToday has learnt. A full list of names in this newspaper’s possession clearly shows the men who arrived at the Valletta seaport on the Manta-1 rigid… Read More
24th April 2020
When Jason Guo and his wife arrived at the Victorian manor house in the bucolic hilltop town in the Cotswolds, the only controversy he prompted was over planning permission. That changed on Wednesday morning when Mr Guo’s boutique hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, was raided by police as part of… Read More
16th April 2020
Switzerland’s tax authorities on Wednesday issued public notices for Indian businessman Ratul Puri, his father and two offshore firms linked to them after India sought details of their Swiss bank accounts for allegedly having illicit funds. In separate notices published in the Swiss government’s federal gazette, Ratul Puri and his… Read More
7th April 2020
AP — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and… Read More
24th February 2020
In 2017, Cheng Ting Kong was riding high. He co-owned a multi-million dollar business bringing high-roller gamblers from China into casinos around the country and he was busy building a $75 million dollar stake in Australia’s horse racing industry. But behind the scenes, Australia’s national criminal intelligence agency was watching… Read More
29th January 2020
Deutsche Bank’s Switzerland-based wealth management division paid $1.1 million to secure lucrative business arrangements with a senior member of the Saudi royal family, the Financial Times reported Sunday, citing the findings of an internal probe conducted by the bank. The funds, which were offered in tandem with an internship… Read More
27th January 2020
Her website once described her as a “poet, mezzo-soprano, designer and exotic Uzbekistan beauty”. Or, as more critical voices have put it, a “robber baron” who purloined hundreds of millions of pounds in bribes. Now another facet of Gulnara Karimova has come to light: former neighbour of Sir Bruce Forsyth. Read More