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Energy Trader Vitol Paying $163 Million to Settle Corruption, Manipulation Charges

Swiss-based energy firm Vitol agreed to pay $163 million to settle criminal and civil charges that its employees paid bribes to gain an advantage when bidding for oil in Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador. Vitol’s deal with the Justice Department, announced Thursday in Brooklyn federal court, is the first in what… Read More

EU budget deadlock will hamper crime fight, EPPO warns

Europe’s newly established body to fight financial crime warned that the deadlock in approving the European Union’s next budget was threatening its ability to investigate crimes in the way EU funds are spent. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will have to work with just its actual 65 staff –… Read More

Pope Francis’s Plan to Fix the Vatican’s Finances Meets Internal Resistance

When Pope Francis’s advisers report back on the battle to overhaul the Vatican’s sprawling finances, they regularly bring poor tidings. As they huddle with the pontiff, the aides voice their frustration at the resistance of the Roman Curia, the bureaucracy that runs the Catholic Church and which Francis has called… Read More
4th December 2020
Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of late Uzbek president Islam Karimov, won a court victory in Switzerland that allows her to try to unblock $350 million in frozen assets in the latest chapter of a almost $1 billion corruption scandal. A federal appeal court upheld her claim that she was the… Read More
4th December 2020
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) last week issued its first regulations regarding cryptocurrency. The new rules laid down in Circular C417 are designed to ensure that Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs), make provision to cover investments in cryptocurrencies (the regulations do not distinguish among them), and that risks involving… Read More
3rd December 2020
By Scilla Alecci, ICIJ, 2 December 2020 ICIJ — Italian authorities investigated a businessman suspected of laundering billions of dollars for mafia associates using banks in a dozen countries around the world, according to the anti-mafia unit of Reggio Calabria, in Southern Italy. Roberto Recordare, an IT entrepreneur from… Read More
3rd December 2020
EU envoys agreed on Wednesday on a new mechanism to punish human rights abuses around the world by targeting people regardless of their nationality or their location, two diplomats said. Pushed by the Netherlands, as well as the United States, the European Union will now be able to freeze assets… Read More
3rd December 2020
By Dada Lyndell, OCCRP, 1 December 2020 OCCRP — Ingrid Hernvall was scrolling through Facebook when she saw exciting news. It was a story — laid out just like an article in a proper newspaper — featuring two of Sweden’s biggest television personalities. The two men spoke of a… Read More
3rd December 2020
Police forces in 26 European countries took part in a worldwide operation to crack down on money launderers and their unwitting recruits, Europol said. Operation EMMA 6 – the sixth European Money Mule Action – was organised between September and November this year, with the help of the European Banking… Read More
2nd December 2020
With only a day to go before the deadline for EU member-states to transpose the bloc’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD), significant questions remain unanswered about how it will be enforced on a national-level. In an apparent response to recent banking scandals, the directive will make the “aiding and… Read More
2nd December 2020
A U.K. civil court froze up to $5 billion in assets including stakes in luxury hotels, cash in bank accounts in half a dozen countries and a Burger King franchise, as part of an international legal saga that ensnared Kazakhstan’s richest businessmen, according to court documents. The Business and Property… Read More
2nd December 2020
Gardaí are investigating an alleged €400 million fraud at electronic payments company Wirecard’s Irish arm, the High Court heard on Monday. The firm, which has its headquarters in Germany, reported in June that €1.9 billion was missing from its accounts, prompting an inquiry that led to the arrest… Read More
2nd December 2020
The Bahamas’ inclusion on the European Union’s (EU) black list and Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) gray list, has caused some local financial institutions to be refused service by correspondent banks, Attorney General Senator Carl Bethel said on Friday, adding that those lists have left The Bahamas at a competitive… Read More