22nd February 2021
A Nigerian social-media celebrity helped North Korean hackers launder money stolen from a Maltese bank, U.S. officials said. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas played a supporting role in cyber-scams perpetrated by three computer programmers accused of extorting more than $1.3 billion of cash and cryptocurrency, the Justice Department said on Feb. 17. Read More
22nd February 2021
A United Nations report accuses Blackwater founder Erik Prince of assisting in violations of an international arms embargo on Libya, placing the military contractor at risk of U.N. sanctions, according to a diplomat with access to the report. The report by the U.N. Panel of Experts that monitors the ban… Read More
22nd February 2021
Thanks in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies are getting licences there so they can continue to operate in the European Union. The Baltic eurozone state with a population about a third the size of London is now… Read More
22nd February 2021
Investigative authorities in the United States this week announced the arrest of six Ghanaians suspected to be involved in a cyber-fraud operation that saw them rip off victims to the tune of $50 million.  According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the defendants… Read More
22nd February 2021
By Alessandro Ford, OCCRP, 19 February 2021 OCCRP – Botswana’s lucrative yet controversial trade in donkey skins is back in the spotlight after an investigation published on Wednesday asserts that one of the country’s four licensed donkey abattoirs is still engaging in cross-border smuggling and environmental criminality. Read More
21st February 2021
Within weeks of his release from a Macau prison built specifically to hold him, triad boss Wan Kuok-koi, whose rise and fall in the 1990s made headlines around the world, was back in the game. After walking out of jail on December 1, 2012, the man better known by his… Read More
21st February 2021
Three more people will face charges in a fraud and money-laundering case against Ace Magashule, a top official in South Africa’s governing African National Congress, state prosecutors said on Friday. Magashule, the secretary-general of the ANC, appeared in court for the second time to face allegations related to a contract… Read More
21st February 2021
A federal judge is pushing for an investigation into the conduct of prosecutors who secured a guilty verdict in a sanctions case that was later dismissed over disclosure failures. Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in an order this week, pressed… Read More
19th February 2021
For decades, Cambodians fleeing successive autocratic governments have found sanctuary in Australia. But over the last five years, some of the current regime’s closest allies have begun to follow its victims to the Land Down Under, taking with them the vast wealth that flows to those with proximity to power… Read More
19th February 2021
Nearly 11 tonnes of Colombian gold exports to the US were misinvoiced between 2010 and 2018, new research suggests, prompting warnings that illicit metals trading is proving even more lucrative than cocaine to South America’s criminal gangs. According to a study by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a US-based think tank… Read More