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John McAfee charged with fraud over alleged cryptocurrency scheme

John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer whose former company still bears his name, has been indicted on fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges stemming from two cryptocurrency schemes, the US Department of Justice said on Friday. Authorities accused McAfee and his bodyguard, Jimmy Gale Watson Jr, of exploiting McAfee’s large… Read More

Former IMF chief Rato to stand trial in Spain on corruption charges

Former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato, found guilty of embezzlement in 2018, is close to standing trial again in Spain after a court charged him with corruption, money laundering and tax dodging, a court document said on Monday. As part of a probe into his personal wealth, the court… Read More

Hide and Seek: How Drug Traffickers Get Creative at Sea

Drug traffickers engage in a creative game of hide and seek with coast guards and other security forces that board their ships at sea. Rubén Navarrete, a Mexican Navy captain based in the western state of Michoacán, told Televisa News last November that those dedicated to maritime smuggling could only… Read More
19th February 2021
By Katie Jones, InSight Crime, 18 February 2021 InSight Crime — Authorities in Madrid have dismantled part of a sophisticated network dedicated to contract killings and transnational money laundering, highlighting the autonomous community’s role as a power base for criminal groups with clear ties to Latin America… Read More
16th February 2021
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 15 February 2021 ICIJ — Three of the world’s largest consulting firms received tens of millions of dollars in payments from an obscure firm in Dubai to help restructure Angola’s corruption-ridden oil sector, according to documents that reveal new details about suspicious money… Read More
15th February 2021
By Antonio Baquero, Nathan Jaccard and Ivan Ruiz, OCCRP, 12 February 2021 OCCRP – In December 2015, Mauricio Macri, a civil engineer who had risen to fame as the head of the popular football club Boca Juniors and the mayor of Buenos Aires, was sworn in as… Read More
11th February 2021
By Olesya Shmagun, OCCRP, 10 February 2021 OCCRP — A 33-year-old Russian man who runs no known profitable businesses secretly owns European real estate and other assets worth at least 50 million euros, corporate records from Luxembourg show. Sergey Toni’s properties, which he holds through seven… Read More
4th February 2021
Spanish police working with the U.S. Secret Service have shut down a criminal network that pocketed more than 12 million euros ($14.41 million) via a credit card fraud that extended across more than 15 countries, authorities said on Wednesday. More than 100 alleged members of the network were arrested in… Read More
4th February 2021
Europol has warned EU authorities to be on the watch for organised crime gangs selling fake Covid-negative test certificates at airports, sometimes for as much as 300 euros each. Monday’s warning issued by the EU law enforcement agency comes after police arrested several suspects selling forged certificates declaring people had… Read More
15th January 2021
Many intrigues and scandals have gripped Spain in recent years, from alleged royal corruption to ministerial dirty tricks against political rivals, yet in all that complexity one character seems to have been ever-present. José Manuel Villarejo’s name, and to a lesser extent his face – due to his obsession with… Read More
11th January 2021
By Delfin Mocache Massoko, Antonio Baquero, Micael Pereira, Flora Alexandrou, Linda van der Pol, Mark Anderson and Stelios Orphanides, OCCRP, 8 January 2021 OCCRP — For years, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel was known as an outspoken critic of Equatorial Guinea’s government, despite decades of brutal repression and staggering corruption. Read More
31st December 2020
The International Criminal Police Organisation, popularly called Interpol, has traced a €500,000 COVID-19 fraud to Nigeria. The organisation made this known in a statement on its website titled, ‘Unmasked: International COVID-19 fraud exposed’. According to the statement, the scheme was coordinated using compromised emails, advance-payment fraud, and money laundering. It… Read More
21st December 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 18 December 2020 OCCRP — Authorities in Spain have arrested 23 alleged members of a Russian-speaking conspiracy to infiltrate public institutions and launder proceeds from criminal enterprises involving murder, extortion, and drug, arms and human trafficking in several countries around the world. The sting, announced… Read More