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Billionaire Gertler threatens NGOs over Congo investigation into evading US sanctions

Global Witness and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said they condemn a criminal complaint filed against them in France by Afriland First Bank, a Cameroonian financial institution named in the Undermining Sanctions investigation. “For two of the principal subjects of our report to threaten or file… Read More

U.S. seeks Warhol, Monet paintings linked to 1MDB scandal

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday said it was looking to recover another $96 million in assets in real estate and artwork linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) international money-laundering conspiracy. The assets include luxury real estate in Paris and paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol linked… Read More

François Fillon found guilty of embezzling public funds

The former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife, Penelope, were sentenced to jail on Monday for embezzling public funds as part of a “fake jobs” scandal. A court found the couple guilty of fraud after a trial heard he had paid her and two of… Read More
25th June 2020
Five eminent Parisian antiques specialists have been arrested on suspicion of selling looted Middle Eastern artefacts worth tens of millions of euros. The experts are suspected of masking the origin of the items before selling them to clients, including some of the world’s leading museums, such as the Louvre’s… Read More
22nd June 2020
Vitaly Malkin can’t prove he owns a luxury ski chalet in France’s Courchevel region. But the Russian businessman still has to pay the taxes on it. After a four-year court battle, Malkin, a former Russian senator, was ordered by a French court earlier this month to pay a $1.7 million… Read More
16th June 2020
Call it the Falciani Principle. A former UBS Group AG employee who’s appealing his conviction for commercial espionage and money laundering skipped his Swiss court appearance on Monday morning, as expected, to avoid likely arrest. The man, only identified as Rene S., was convicted in absentia last year and… Read More
15th June 2020
The prosecution of French companies by the U.S. for their business practices abroad has long been a sore point for some in France. Now, France’s top law enforcement official has released guidance suggesting that it could adopt an approach to corporate corruption and bribery championed by the country it once… Read More
8th June 2020
AFP – Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ world governing body, goes on trial in Paris on Monday facing a potential 10-year prison sentence on charges of accepting millions of dollars to cover up Russian doping tests. Diack, the Senegalese who was in charge of the International… Read More
28th May 2020
The Paris Court of Appeal on Wednesday found veteran right-wing politicians Patrick and Isabelle Balkany guilty of money-laundering and sentenced them both to jail, sealing the power couple’s fall from grace after a protracted legal battle. The Balkany couple, who for years governed the chic Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret,… Read More
29th April 2020
By Sanne Wass, S&P Global Market Intelligence, 27 April 2020 Read more at S&P Global Market Intelligence Photo (cropped and edited): Finn Årup Nielsen [CC BY-SA 3.0] RiskScreen: Eliminating Financial Crime with Smart Technology… Read More
27th April 2020
UBS Group AG appeal of a record 4.5 billion-euro ($4.9 billion) French fine for helping clients stash undeclared funds in offshore accounts was postponed over concerns related to coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the case. Judges at the Paris Court of Appeals postponed the case, originally… Read More
21st April 2020
Accountancy firm EY has been ordered to pay $10.8m in damages to a whistleblower who claimed it covered up evidence of money laundering. Auditor Amjad Rihan sued EY after being forced out of his job in 2014. A year earlier, Mr Rihan led an audit that discovered Dubai’s biggest gold… Read More
2nd April 2020
The alternative financial system set up by the European Union to bypass US sanctions on Iran has had its first success 15 months after it was proposed. Britain, France and Germany were able to export medical goods under the Instex system. The Foreign Office said: “These goods are now in… Read More