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Germany Probes Possible Money Laundering by Wirecard Executives

German prosecutors are looking into possible money laundering by executives at Wirecard AG, adding to ongoing probes related to potential fraud and fake accounting at the insolvent payments firm. A spokeswoman for the Munich public prosecutor said it was conducting several legal cases related to possible money laundering… Read More

Report: Dubai Facilitates Global Corruption

By Sandrine Gagné-Acoulon, OCCRP, 8 July 2020 OCCRP — A US think tank claims that poor enforcement has turned Dubai into a hotbed of dodgy dealings by allowing the emirate to serve as a major crossroad for gray networks and international finance. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released… 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
7th July 2020
The Enforcement Directorate has initiated the process of registering another money-laundering case against middleman Sanjay Bhandari and others. It is related to an alleged illegal consultancy agreement with Samsung Engineering Co. Limited (SECL) to help the company get a project worth ₹6,744.32 crore in Gujarat. Last month, in the same… Read More
6th July 2020
A Nigerian social-media celebrity was extradited to the U.S. from Dubai to face fraud charges. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas was flown to Chicago on July 2 and appeared in court the following day, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Abbas, widely known as “Hushpuppi,” has 2.4 million followers… Read More
2nd July 2020
Halkbank will ask the U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions to recuse himself, a lawyer for the Turkish bank said on Tuesday. The lawyer, Robert Cary, notified U.S. District Judge Richard Berman of Halkbank’s intention at a hearing, without providing a reason. Read More
30th June 2020
By RFE/RL, OCCRP, Bellingcat and Kloop, 29 June 2020 OCCRP – A charitable foundation run by Kyrgyzstan’s politically powerful Matraimov family received much more money than previously known from an underground network that laundered a vast fortune out of the country, according to newly revealed bank records. The questionable funds represent… Read More
29th June 2020
A Nigerian influencer who attracted millions of followers by posting selfies from private jets and photographs of his collections of luxury cars, shoes and watches has been arrested amid claims of a £350 million cyberscam. Officers from the FBI and Interpol seized more than £30 million in cash when they… Read More
26th June 2020
The political career of Malta’s former deputy prime minister Konrad Mizzi lies in ruins after his ruling Labour Party (PL) colleagues voted for his expulsion over secretive offshore dealings revealed in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists-led Panama Papers investigation. Mizzi was the star performer during the country’s… 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
24th June 2020
Ten days ago, Colombian businessman Alex Saab was arrested in Cape Verde, an island republic off Africa’s west coast, as he was refueling his private jet. Saab is wanted in the U.S. on money-laundering charges involving hundreds of millions of dollars – but his detention in Cape Verde and his… Read More
22nd June 2020
In the months before her murder in 2017, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was on the trail of an offshore company called 17 Black Limited. She didn’t know who owned the firm, which was registered in the United Arab Emirates. But she was certain it was set up to channel… Read More
19th June 2020
The Syrian first lady, Asma al-Assad, has been named in the first round of new US sanctions that are certain to intensify pressure on the embattled regime and its backers as the country’s crippled economy continues to wither. The law, known as the Caesar Act, came into effect on Wednesday,… Read More