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Ecuador’s former president found guilty of corruption

An Ecuadorian court sentenced former president Rafael Correa on Tuesday to eight years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption charges. Correa, who was in office from 2007 to 2017, left Ecuador three years ago and now lives in Belgium. He and 19 others, including his vice president who… Read More

Brazil’s gangs emerge as major cocaine exporters, flooding Europe with white powder

Years of rooting out drugs at the Brazilian seaport of Santos had given customs inspector Oswaldo Dias a good nose for suspicious cargo. A shipment of second-hand backhoes, bound for Europe late last year, seemed fishy. So on the morning of Nov. 18, Dias sent the machinery through a scanner,… Read More

International Crackdown on Black Market Medicine in Europe

By Will Neal OCCRP — Investigators in more than 15 countries have seized almost 36 million units of medical drugs in a coordinated sting on European groups trafficking black market and counterfeit medications. Operation Misused Medicines (MisMed), backed by Europol and now in its third phase, took place between… Read More
24th February 2020
The ousted chief executive of Danske Bank A/S, Thomas Borgen, has been personally targeted in an investor lawsuit arguing he withheld information about potential money laundering that subsequently destroyed the lender’s market value. Deminor, a Brussels-based law firm, said on Friday it has filed a legal complaint against Borgen on… Read More
10th February 2020
An investigation has been opened targetting Belgian Prince Henri De Croÿ’s alleged tax evasion network, which he is accused of using to help funnel millions in funds into tax havens. Finance Minister Alexandre de Croo confirmed that the Special Tax Inspectorate (ISI) was building up files on taxpayers whose names… Read More
6th February 2020
Two brothers from a Belgian gold refinery have been found guilty by a court in Antwerp of money laundering and fraud and given 18-month suspended jail sentences, a court ruling showed. The judgment comes as investigators and states increase pressure on refineries to make sure illegally mined or traded gold… Read More
31st January 2020
Strong police troops raided homes and offices of money laundering suspects across Germany and Belgium Thursday in an attempt to track a money trail flowing from an Azerbaijani laundromat operation to shell companies in the Baltic, the Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office confirmed. One current and one former member of… Read More
24th January 2020
They made quite a team. One was an Oxford-educated wunderkind who handled the complicated math behind the transactions. The other was a beefy, 6-foot-2 New Zealander with an apparent fondness for Hawaiian shirts, who brought in clients and money. Martin Shields and Paul Mora met in 2004, at the London… Read More
6th January 2020
Russian collecting couple, Igor and Olga Toporovsky, have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, according to our sister publication, The Art Newspaper Russia (no charges have yet been brought). The pair are linked to a show of Russian avant-garde works held at the Museum of… Read More
23rd December 2019
The Belgian tax authorities are investigating two new sets of banking leaks from London and the Isle of Man, documents which contain 11,000 links to Belgian taxpayers. The news comes in reports in Le Soir, De Tijd and Knack, whose reporters are members of an international consortium of investigative… Read More
10th December 2019
A Swiss court convicted a Belgian lawyer on Monday of money-laundering and forgery for taking shares now worth more than 60 million Swiss francs ($60 million) from Belgium’s richest family and stashing them in accounts and offshore companies. The unidentified defendant, who denied the charges, was sentenced to 30 months,… Read More
3rd December 2019
A Belgian lawyer appeared in a Geneva court on Monday accused of money-laundering and falsifying documents in a case involving Belgium’s richest family, who say she swindled missing shares in brewer InBev worth some $60 million today. The woman, who denies the charges, was convicted in 2016 by a Luxembourg… Read More
12th November 2019
With flames leaping from the stage, ear-splitting music pumping from loudspeakers and a screaming crowd, the sell-out event at London’s Wembley Arena seemed more like a rock concert than a financial sales conference. But as Alicia Key’s Girl On Fire began to fade, an electrified silence swept across the auditorium… Read More