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Colombia searches Avianca offices in Airbus bribery probe

Colombia’s attorney general’s office searched the offices of embattled airline Avianca on Wednesday as part of an investigation into an alleged bribery scheme involving European manufacturer Airbus . Airbus has reached a plea bargain with prosecutors in Britain, France and the United States and agreed to pay a record $4… Read More

Ill Cali cartel drug kingpin seeks early prison release

AP – Although not as notorious as Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, Rodriguez-Orejuela and his brother, Miguel, fashioned a sophisticated global smuggling enterprise known for using innovative techniques to hide cocaine in all sorts of legitimate shipments — even such items as frozen vegetables and coffee packages. Read More

Airbus bribery scandal triggers new probes worldwide

Fallout from the Airbus bribery scandal reverberated around the world on Monday as the head of one of its top buyers temporarily stood down and investigations were launched in countries aggrieved at being dragged into the increasingly political row. Airbus agreed on Friday to pay a record $4 billion in… Read More
24th January 2020
Chinese coke traffickers. Latin American cartels. Millions in American cash laundered through a Guatemalan casino. According to a wild federal criminal complaint unsealed in Virginia last week, the war on drugs is going about as well as ever. But it’s still no cinch to hide the proceeds of cross-continental… Read More
27th November 2019
At times, we AML professionals in the private and public sectors that play by the rules have difficulty realizing that the “bad guys” at the highest levels of the criminal world have no rules. They have more resources and capabilities than we can conceptualize. Unless you’ve lived in that world,… Read More
17th October 2019
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More
11th October 2019
Colombia’s Supreme Court says it will continue investigating a former president over allegations he tried to bribe a paramilitary group and then intimidate witnesses. Former President Alvaro Uribe was questioned for hours over accusations he tried to bribe and intimidate members of a paramilitary group who claimed to have damaging… Read More
24th September 2019
Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American… Read More
23rd September 2019
Delaware’s top law-enforcement official is taking aim at shell companies formed under the state’s popular corporate laws to help funnel hush money to a porn star linked to President Donald Trump and move drug funds for Colombian revolutionaries. Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed papers Thursday seeking to dissolve… Read More
12th August 2019
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
1st August 2019
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
4th July 2019
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