25th December 2019
A recent report from Berlin-based non-governmental organisation Transparency International explores how businesses and institutions in the United Kingdom help corrupt individuals and regimes launder money, and it draws a “clear correlation” between corruption scandals and the “secretive corporate vehicles” in offshore finance centres like the Virgin Islands. However, BVI Finance… Read More
20th December 2019
Transactions at Pilatus Bank involving the daughters of Azerbaijan ruler Ilham Aliyev and the sons of  his minister for emergency situations Kamaleddin Heydarov, show “commonly accepted red flags for money laundering”, a forensic review included in the Egrant magisterial inquiry concludes. On the basis of this suspicion that the… Read More
12th December 2019
John Myatt felt like his life was in free-fall.  It was the mid-1980s and at 41, he was a working painter who never made a splash—or a profit—in the London gallery scene. His wife left him, and he struggled to provide for his two young children. So, he began… Read More
22nd November 2019
Swedbank AB may have violated U.S. sanctions against Russia by facilitating the transfer of about 10 million Swedish kronor ($1 million) from gun maker Kalashnikov to a U.S. subsidiary in Florida, according to a report by Swedish state broadcaster SVT. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the U.S. imposed sanctions… Read More
21st November 2019
Russian oligarch Mikhail Abyzov built a complex network of offshore companies that were used to move a fortune out of Russia, according to a Swedbank internal draft report obtained by OCCRP and its Swedish partner, national public TV channel Sveriges Television (SVT). Today he’s charged with defrauding the Russian government… Read More
5th November 2019
Britain is known for its strong rule of law. Yet London is also a global hotspot for money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes. Experts say that a no-questions-asked approach to opening U.K. companies has exacerbated this problem. However, the U.K.’s transparent registries and its freedom of information laws… 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
7th October 2019
American prosecutors allege that the US lawyer Mark Scott laundered €273m in gains from the OneCoin global cryptocurrency scam via Bank of Ireland accounts. Four current and former bank executives — including Diane Sands, Bank of Ireland’s head of anti-money laundering — have been called to testify in the US… Read More
7th October 2019
Judging by the fleet of supercars parked in the grounds of Geneva’s Bonmont Golf and Country Club last Sunday, Teodorin Obiang was not overly fussed by the size of his carbon footprint. There were 25 in total, representatives of every luxury model conceivable, from Aston Martin to Bugatti and Ferrari,… Read More
1st October 2019
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) lost a total of US$1.367 billion (RM5.72 billion) in deposits to a fake British Virgin Islands company named Aabar Investments PJS Limited while raising funds in two quick-fire deals handled by businessman Low Taek Low’s associates, 1MDB’s former CEO told the court yesterday. Datuk Shahrol Azral… Read More