27th July 2020
A few years ago, the biggest banks in one of the richest corners of the globe were adding thousands of jobs to a department that suddenly seemed more important than most others: compliance. But with headcount growing more than 10-fold in some cases, those same jobs are now at risk. Read More
27th July 2020
A lawyer at one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms has been accused of relaying an offer of a £1m “bribe” to police officers as part of a bizarre plot to release €300m (£274m) hidden in a Swiss bank account, according to court transcripts obtained by the Guardian. Mike… Read More
27th July 2020
Bribing one politician is bad. Bribing all the politicians is worse. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a group of companies in Kurdistan, Iraq’s semi-independent northern region, that appears to be doing the latter in order to secure a monopoly on Pentagon fuel contracts worth hundreds of… Read More
27th July 2020
The German finance ministry has unveiled a sweeping reform of financial regulation in the wake of the Wirecard scandal, as pressure mounts on the authorities over their failure to properly police the disgraced payments company. BaFin, the financial regulator, is to be equipped with “sovereign powers” to intervene “directly… Read More
27th July 2020
Privatbank, the Ukrainian lender nationalized by the state in 2016, now claims its former owners laundered nearly $800 million through the United States. After analyzing additional bank records, Privatbank filed an amended complaint in a Delaware court on July 21 against tycoons Ihor Kolomoyskiy and Hennadiy Boholyubov, claiming the men… Read More
27th July 2020
Philippine investigators say they have identified dozens of people and entities of interest in their probe into Wirecard AG, and are focusing on two bank employees who may have facilitated a multinational accounting scandal at the insolvent German payments company. Wirecard had claimed some $2.1 billion in cash… Read More
24th July 2020
More than £2 million of profits made by an Italian mafia gang and held in British bank accounts has been seized by City of London police. Westminster magistrates’ court ordered the forfeiture of the cash after detectives submitted evidence that it was being channelled through London in… Read More
24th July 2020
EY drafted an unqualified audit opinion of Wirecard’s accounts in early June despite public concerns that the fintech firm had not been forthcoming about its assets, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The Big Four auditor sent the draft opinion to Wirecard executives just weeks before the Germany company collapsed in… Read More
24th July 2020
Prosecutors who are probing accused sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell haven’t identified the banks that helped her manage tens of millions of dollars. One of them was JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to people familiar with the matter. That’s another tie that Maxwell shares with Jeffrey Epstein, the late convicted… Read More
24th July 2020
By Olesya Shmagun, OCCRP, 22 July 2020 OCCRP – Though its population barely exceeds 200,000 people, Geneva is one of the world’s most important diplomatic centers. The International Red Cross and the World Health Organization are headquartered in the picturesque Swiss city, along with the second-largest office of the… Read More