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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

Key witness against DEA agent sentenced in conspiracy case

AP — The star witness in a U.S. investigation of a once-standout Drug Enforcement Administration agent was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison after implicating his longtime handler in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy with the very Colombian cartel criminals he was supposed to be fighting. The 46-month sentence… Read More

World Bank unit implicated in Latin America graft scandal

AP — María Victoria Guarín was a key adviser on Colombia’s biggest-ever transportation project: a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) highway across mountainous terrain connecting the capital to busy Caribbean ports. As an investment officer for a World Bank unit, it was her job to help the government set the terms for competitive… Read More
16th May 2019
Colombia’s attorney general said on Wednesday he resigned in protest after a special court charged with prosecuting war crimes denied a U.S. extradition request for a former FARC leader accused of drug trafficking. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal prosecutes leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)… 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
17th December 2018
AP — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges. The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for… Read More
27th April 2018
The United States lifted sanctions on Thursday on Colombian soccer team Envigado Futbol Club S.A. after it severed ties to a group involved in international drug trafficking and other criminal activities, the Treasury Department said. The sanctions were imposed in November 2014 because the club’s owner allowed the Oficina de… Read More
11th December 2017
TelesurTV One of the world’s most wanted drug lords – Juan Carlos Mesa-Vajello, alias “Tom” – has been captured by police in Colombia at a party to celebrate his 50th birthday. The United States had offered a $2 million reward for the capture of Mesa-Vajello, who was wanted by Colombian… Read More
14th July 2017
Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, suspected of tax evasion in Spain, has paid 8.2 million ($9.3 million) to Spanish tax authorities, judicial sources told AFP on Thursday. Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he… Read More
6th July 2017
Colombia’s top anti-corruption prosecutor was indicted in the United States after DEA agents in Miami recorded him agreeing to take bribes to subvert investigations in the U.S. and Colombia. Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, 35, was charged with one count of conspiracy to launder money in order to promote foreign bribery. Read More
28th June 2017
Colombia’s top anti-corruption official has been arrested on US charges of money laundering in connection with an alleged bribery scheme, officials say. Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, national director of anti-corruption, was arrested in Colombia and faces extradition to the US. Read More
18th April 2017
On 12/29/2016, Colombia’s Congress approved “Law 1819 of 2016”.  The new legislation is a structural tax reform primarily aimed at increasing revenues for Colombia. Colombia suffered a loss of revenues when crude oil prices plummeted beginning in 2014. The loss of revenue created a negative impact on its economy; creating… Read More