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Anguilla, popular Panama Papers tax haven, slips in transparency ranking

Michael Jordan, Sandra Bullock and Paris Hilton holiday there. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson wrote lyrics about it. But, last week, the Caribbean island of Anguilla drew attention for other reasons. The paradisiacal tax haven slipped further down a key global transparency index, according to a new report by… Read More

Swiss bankers and millions in gold tied to Hugo Chávez’s former nurse

AP — It was 2014 and Venezuela’s former treasurer Claudia Díaz was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years. Then-president Hugo Chávez, who she once served as a nurse, had recently died and with the election of Nicolás Maduro, the nation’s… Read More

JPMorgan Dropped Accounts That Became Bad News for Deutsche Bank

The trio of clients that got Deutsche Bank AG in regulatory trouble this week had a shared back story: They were all castoffs of JPMorgan Chase and Co. Deutsche Bank moved millions of dollars across the globe for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the past decade, and billions… Read More
9th July 2020
When Deutsche Bank AG sought out Jeffrey Epstein as a client, he was a convicted Florida sex offender with a publicized taste for young eastern European women. The bank helped him send millions of dollars to his alleged co-conspirators. It handled transfers to women with Russian bank accounts. And… Read More
28th May 2020
The Paris Court of Appeal on Wednesday found veteran right-wing politicians Patrick and Isabelle Balkany guilty of money-laundering and sentenced them both to jail, sealing the power couple’s fall from grace after a protracted legal battle. The Balkany couple, who for years governed the chic Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret,… Read More
19th May 2020
By Mattias Carlsson, Holger Roonemaa, Oliver Kund and Hannes Munzinger, OCCRP, 18 May 2020 OCCRP — Rita is almost 13,000 euros in debt and was convicted of shoplifting a bottle of gin. Ricardo is unemployed and has been arrested several times for drug possession and driving without a license. His mother,… Read More
19th May 2020
By Anastasia Austin, InSight Crime, 18 May 2020 InSight Crime — The European Union’s latest money laundering blacklist included four Caribbean nations that have been deemed to be high-risk countries. The list was met by cries of unfairness from officials, but why were these countries added in the first place… Read More
7th May 2020
The European Commission aims to intensify its scrutiny of states posing money-laundering risks, and is looking into creating a new body to help police financial crime and monitor banks more strictly, draft documents seen by Reuters show. One document, expected to be published on Thursday, adds Panama and other countries… Read More
14th April 2020
The disgraced Fifa executive Jack Warner visited Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin less than a week before an alleged multimillion-dollar bribery scheme was initiated by Russia to buy his vote in the competition to host the 2018 World Cup. The Trinidad and Tobago official is alleged to have been paid… 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
5th February 2020
In the years after Jeffrey Epstein registered as a sex offender, he closed his money management firm and started a business to develop algorithms and mine DNA and financial databases. Then he set up a bank. In a banking license application reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Epstein… Read More
16th January 2020
A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands alleges that multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private island, some as recently as 2018, aided by a web of shell companies to carry out and conceal… Read More
30th December 2019
A former president of Peru is alleged to have benefited from a “massive” multimillion pound bribery scheme which saw more than £13 million wired to a Scotland-based firm, according to US prosecutors. Alejandro Toledo, who governed the South American nation from 2001 to 2006, was arrested in the US in… Read More