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Romania extradites human trafficking kingpin to US

Romania’s Minister of the Interior, Marcel Vela, on Friday announced the arrest and extradition to the US of an alleged human trafficking kingpin wanted by the US for eight immigration-related charges. The accused “is at the top of a network of international human trafficking [gangs operating] in Romania, Mexico and… Read More

Romania, Ireland fined by EU top court over anti-money laundering rules

The European Union’s top court fined on Thursday Romania and Ireland for delays and incomplete application of the bloc’s rules against money laundering and terrorist financing, it said in a statement. Romania was ordered to pay to the European Commission a lump sum of 3 million euros, while Ireland was… Read More

Nigerian scammer arrested by FBI could be behind €13m BOV cyberattack

The United States government has gained custody of a Nigerian man who could have been behind the multi-million cyberattack on Bank of Valletta in February 2019. The FBI’s criminal complaint says that Ramoni Igbalode Abbas aka “Hushpuppi”, who amassed 2.4 million followers on Instagram flaunting luxury cars, designer clothing,… Read More
26th June 2020
Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate, DNA, has launched a criminal investigation into the director general of the state’s pharmaceutical distributor, Unifarm, suspecting that he demanded a bribe of 760,000 euros to facilitate a contract for the purchase of 3 million protection masks in March. According to the DNA, Ionel Eugen Adrian… Read More
25th June 2020
Just under two years ago gardaí became inundated with requests for assistance from police forces in Europe all telling a similar story. Somebody in a European country had made a purchase online – from a luxury watch to a caravan, tractor or classic car – but they had not… Read More
17th June 2020
Fifteen defendants including several Romanians have pleaded guilty before a US judge of involvement in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud US citizens through online auctions of non-existing goods, a US Justice Department statement issued on Monday by the US embassy in Bucharest said. The defendants, many of whom were… Read More
5th June 2020
OCCRP – It was a muggy day in Cancún in September 2015, and a Romanian gangster nicknamed “The Shark” was in a murderous mood. Tudor’s worries proved unfounded. An OCCRP investigation with media partners in Mexico and Romania shows The Shark was able to continue this illegal business for… Read More
5th June 2020
OCCRP — A light snow was falling in Craiova, southern Romania, when Sorin Velcu called his mother in December 2018 to ask for 20,000 euros he had given her for safekeeping. But the funds were frozen — buried in the ice-cold earth in her backyard. “Somebody has to dig it out,”… Read More
6th May 2020
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday censured Romania for firing a senior anti-corruption investigator who has since been appointed the European Union’s top fraud prosecutor. As head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi was instrumental in opening fraud probes against 14 former or current ministers, 43 lawmakers… Read More
16th April 2020
By Ana Poenariu (RISE Romania), OCCRP, 15 April 2020 OCCRP — In late March, a shipment arrived in Romania of a million medical masks — desperately needed goods for a country facing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. But relief soon turned to disappointment for medical staff on the front line. Read More
13th March 2020
A VICE exclusive has revealed the Romanian Ministry of Justice is investigating hundreds of cases of Romanian passports allegedly being granted to people without proof of Romanian heritage. As detailed in the Ministry of Justice report seen by VICE Romania, the scheme has allegedly allowed a large number of Russian… Read More
11th March 2020
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
28th February 2020
Romania’s central bank has launched a probe over alleged money laundering after questionable transactions at half of the euro aspirant’s commercial lenders raised suspicions from outside the country. The central bank is checking as many as 17 lenders — half of the banking sector — that have opened personal and… Read More