15th March 2021
By Katya Bleszynska, InSight Crime, 9 March 2021 InSight Crime — A new investigative report shows Ponzi and pyramid schemes have proliferated across Caribbean countries during the pandemic, and authorities have been unable to keep up. The report — by the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN) —… Read More
15th March 2021
A red Ferrari worth 250,000 euros ($298,800.00) and an arsenal of weapons including revolvers and a Japanese sword were seized when 12 members of the largest drugs gang in Madrid were arrested, police said on Sunday. The gang was very violent, according to Spain’s National Police, which found three daggers… Read More
12th March 2021
A Honduran drug clan leader testified in a New York court on Thursday that he paid Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez $250,000 in bribes to secure government contracts as well as protection from capture and extradition to the United States. The money, which was paid in 2012 when Hernandez was… Read More
12th March 2021
A Peruvian prosecutor on Thursday charged presidential hopeful Keiko Fujimori with money laundering following a two-year investigation, potentially complicating her candidacy in the home stretch ahead of the April 11 election. Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez told reporters Fujimori’s alleged crimes merited a jail sentence of 30 years. He also requested… Read More
10th March 2021
Police in Belgium launched a huge operation against drug traffickers on Tuesday morning, in an operation targeted at cocaine smuggling groups. Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office said searches had been launched at around 5 a.m. local time and involved more than 1,500 police officers. Local broadcaster RTBF said the raids… Read More
10th March 2021
U.S. prosecutors alleged on Tuesday that Honduras had become a “narco-state” with security forces and politicians, including President Juan Orlando Hernandez, working with traffickers to move large quantities of cocaine into the United States. In opening statements to the jury in the trial of alleged drug trafficker Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez,… Read More
9th March 2021
An Israeli-Canadian lobbyist hired by Myanmar’s junta has downplayed the military’s coup in the country, claiming the generals will leave politics shortly, seek to improve relations with the US and plan to distance themselves from China. Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli Military Intelligence official who has previously represented Zimbabwe’s Robert… Read More
9th March 2021
Brazilian markets tumbled after Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin annulled former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s convictions in the Carwash corruption probe, clearing the way for the leftist leader to run again for the nation’s top job if he so chooses. Stocks fell 4% on the news, by far… Read More
9th March 2021
A total of 1,831 Suspicious Transaction and Suspicious Activity reports worth $27 billion were received over 2019 to 2020 by the Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago – the most it has received in its 10-year history. The increase has been attributed to increased fraudulent activity – including resulting… Read More
8th March 2021
Cardno has settled a lawsuit against Ecuadorians who sold the Australian engineering outfit a firm that was allegedly bribing top government officials and noting down the corrupt payouts in a coded journal. The acquired firm, Caminosca, was secretly greasing palms to win big project contracts in a scam using cipher… Read More