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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
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
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
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
17th June 2020
Police say they have foiled an international criminal drug syndicate allegedly linked to homes and businesses in Western Sydney after combining with law enforcement agencies in seven countries, including the FBI. Five men have been arrested after a seven-year long investigation into large-scale importation and sale of MDMA and ice… Read More
15th June 2020
Gold smuggling from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is costing the impoverished country millions of dollars in tax revenue and funding conflict and criminal networks that stretch across Africa and beyond, according to a United Nations Group of Experts report. Congo’s official exports of hand-dug gold bear almost no relation… Read More
9th June 2020
Nigeria has tracked down and grounded the luxury private jet purchased by its former oil minister, Dan Etete, with some of the alleged proceeds of the nororious $1.3 billion Malabu OPL245 oil deal. Asset recovery lawyers acting for the Nigerian government swooped last week after the Bombardier 6000 jet, tail… Read More
8th June 2020
AP — An Alaska man accused of laundering $1 billion held in South Korea for Iran funneled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates, U.S. federal court documents released early Thursday show. The court documents, filed as part of a U.S. asset seizure effort, shed further light on… Read More
5th June 2020
The U.S. and other powers are investigating suspected efforts by Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar to raise funds through oil deals, including with Emirati brokers and Venezuela, according to U.S., European and Libyan officials. The United Nations and the official Libyan government are probing a Dubai-based ship charterer for possibly… Read More