7th August 2020
Joseph W. LaForte, a convicted scammer who went on to start a Philadelphia lending company that raised almost half a billion dollars from investors, lost control of the business last week after federal regulators accused him of securities fraud. It’s the latest blow to the merchant cash-advance industry, a mostly… Read More
6th August 2020
The New York prosecutors who are seeking President Trump’s tax records have also subpoenaed his longtime lender, a sign that their criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known. The Manhattan district attorney’s office issued the subpoena last year to Deutsche Bank, which has been… Read More
6th August 2020
The U.S. Treasury has imposed financial sanctions on an alleged Zimbabwean government ally who it says used corruption to rake in millions of U.S. dollars. Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei and his company, Sakunda Holdings, were targeted Wednesday by the Treasury Department. “Tagwirei and other Zimbabwean elites have derailed economic development and… Read More
6th August 2020
Even if the pace at which regulations are drafted seems to be slowing down, at least at the EU-level, regulations in general are still trending toward bullish proliferation. In the financial-crime field alone, around 1,300 binding pieces of legislation have been brought to light in the span of 20 years… Read More
5th August 2020
A U.S. company affiliated with the Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky that has been accused of participating in an international fraud scheme was raided by the FBI in two locations on Tuesday. Agents conducted “law enforcement activity” in Cleveland and Miami at addresses that correspond with the offices of Optima Management… Read More
4th August 2020
AP — It was 2014 and Venezuela’s former treasurer Claudia Díaz was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years. Then-president Hugo Chávez, who she once served as a nurse, had recently died and with the election of Nicolás Maduro, the nation’s… Read More
4th August 2020
The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it had been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past. The suggestion by the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., came… Read More
4th August 2020
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of Iran’s army, is believed to be behind the opening of a superstore in Venezuela in the latest attempt to defy American-led sanctions. The Caracas branch of Megasis was officially opened last week by the Iranian ambassador and the Venezuelan vice-president. The… Read More
3rd August 2020
Investigators probing one of the world’s largest financial frauds have said they suspect $340m (£255m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm is linked to money allegedly embezzled from the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB. According to court papers, Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency is urgently trying… Read More
3rd August 2020
The phrase “shell company” conjures images of offshore havens such as Panama or the British Virgin Islands, but one of the world’s leading enablers of financial secrecy is actually the United States. In every state, more personal details and proof of identity are required to get a library card… Read More