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How banks helped Venezuela’s ‘boligarchs’ extract billions

By Sasha Chavkin and Patricia Marcano, ICIJ, 21 September 2020 ICIJ — On a rusty gas stove in Selena Ramirez’s apartment, a small flame was glowing. Ramirez, 69, shares the apartment with her daughter and 11-year-old grandson. It is on the ground floor of a government housing complex in San Francisco… Read More

FIFA’s former No. 2 caught up in scandal had $11 million debt

A former FIFA official accused of accepting nearly $1.5 million in bribes told the Greek businessman accused of paying him the cash to delete most of their correspondence. Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s former secretary general, sent the message to Dinos Deris in October 2016, six months before Swiss federal prosecutors opened… Read More

Julius Baer eyes DOJ payment north of $10 million in FIFA matter

Julius Baer may pay tens of millions of dollars to settle U.S. allegations over its role in soccer body FIFA’s corruption affair, the Swiss bank said on Wednesday, adding it will ask shareholders in November to a back a second 2019 dividend tranche. Baer is in what it described as… Read More
16th September 2020
A sleek blue-and-white yacht worth $1 million has been moved from a dock on the Miami River to a marina in Aventura, but a legal dispute over the actual owner of the Italian-made vessel is still up in the air. A Miami federal judge weighed in on the fate of… Read More
14th September 2020
Switzerland has agreed in principle with Uzbekistan on the terms under which assets confiscated as part of a money laundering investigation against Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late Uzbek president, will be returned to the central Asian nation. The agreement signed by the two countries will see assets… Read More
10th September 2020
Credit Suisse Group AG won a bid to stall the release of a report into how it failed to prevent fraud and money laundering by one of its former star bankers, Patrice Lescaudron. A Geneva appeals court issued a suspension order late last month to temporarily keep the two-year-old… Read More
8th September 2020
Swiss banks first surfaced as handlers of illicit Venezuelan oil money in 2016, when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sought records from more than 18 of them on of bribery at PDVSA, a state-owned oil and natural gas company. Precisely two weeks later, Switzerland’s financial regulator built its annual meeting… Read More
4th September 2020
The stepson of Malaysia’s former prime minister will forfeit assets worth more than $60 million that he purchased using funds embezzled during the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, or 1MDB, was established in 2009 by then-Prime Minister… Read More
31st August 2020
Swiss authorities have frozen nearly $900 million belonging to an Angolan business executive with ties to successive presidential regimes, according to newly released court documents. Switzerland’s public prosecutors froze seven accounts of Carlos Manuel de São Vicente and family members in December 2018 on suspicions of money laundering, according… Read More
26th August 2020
A country estate in a Shropshire hamlet is at the centre of an international scandal involving the Spanish royal family, mysterious offshore companies and secret agents. Chyknell Hall near Bridgnorth has taken centre stage in the drama thanks to its prominent yet elusive resident, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, the one-time… Read More
25th August 2020
The federal prosecutor’s office in Brussels has opened a criminal investigation into the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, in particular the dealings of 2,600 Belgian clients suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to evade taxes. “A criminal investigation has been opened against Credit Suisse for money laundering and unlawfully acting as… Read More
19th August 2020
Indian taxpayers appear a step closer to reaping millions of dollars their fellow citizens have stashed illicitly in secrecy jurisdictions, following a recent landmark ruling against the elderly beneficiary of an undeclared Swiss bank account. Based on her declared taxable income of less than $4,000 in 2006, the powerful… Read More
18th August 2020
By Kristian Lasslett, openDemocracy, 17 August 2020 openDemocracy – With its elegant tree-lined streets and upmarket residences, Geneva’s Vandoeuvres district typifies the extreme wealth that runs through the secretive financial veins of Switzerland. The country, which the Tax Justice Network calls “the grandfather of the world’s tax havens”,… Read More