24th September 2020
BuzzFeed News – In 2014, the FBI was in the late stages of an elaborate sting. An undercover agent posing as an energy analyst leaked binders with fake commercial secrets to two Russian spies operating in New York. The spies took the binders back to the “Rezidentura,” the New… Read More
24th September 2020
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Venezuelan lawmakers it accused of supporting the country’s leftist leader, Nicolas Maduro, and his planned legislative elections that Washington has said will likely be rigged. The Treasury in a statement accused the five blacklisted individuals of having acted as part of a… Read More
24th September 2020
In the Kerch Strait off the Crimean coast, a dangerous undertaking cost 20 people their lives. On January 21, 2019, crews on two tankers were transferring liquified petroleum gas (LPG) from one ship to another at sea. Something went wrong and there was a terrible explosion. Both ships quickly… Read More
24th September 2020
A friend recommended Carmelita Roque invest her savings in Options Rider. Options Rider’s use of Australian banks gave the US Army soldier comfort her money was safe. “Seeing the money that I would be wiring would be going to a country like Australia, in my mind that was convincing enough… Read More
23rd September 2020
The collapse of Choice Bank, an obscure entity in Belize, went largely unnoticed in 2018. But Americans were among the uninsured depositors filing claims in its failure, totaling $100 million. Some said they were startled to learn that their money was trapped in a small bank in Central America. They… Read More
23rd September 2020
By Kyra Gurney, ICIJ, 21 September 2020 ICIJ — After three years of digging, investigators in the United States had accumulated a mountain of evidence that they believed sealed the case against Kaloti Jewellery Group, one of the largest gold traders and refiners in the world. The Dubai-based conglomerate… Read More
23rd September 2020
Imagine you are Noel Quinn, recently confirmed chief executive of HSBC. Sitting high up in London’s Canary Wharf or overlooking the harbour from the bank’s Hong Kong base, he must be facing a range of challenges. Many of these challenges are ‘known knowns’. Rising loan losses as the health of… Read More
23rd September 2020
It’s difficult, with certainty, to pinpoint exactly when Jack’s career as a money launderer began, but around December 2012 stands out. That month he had moved into an apartment in Sydney’s north-west. It was virtually unfurnished except for a simple chair. And one day he sat on it and it… Read More
23rd September 2020
By Spencer Woodman, ICIJ, 22 September 2020 ICIJ — They pulled ancient Buddha heads out of the ground in war-torn Afghanistan and stole idols from temples in India. They cracked open shrines in Nepal, and in Cambodia bought an 11th-century statue of the Hindu god Shiva on the black… Read More
23rd September 2020
Government plans an investigation into Trafigura, a minority owner in state-owned mining firm Terrafame, amid suspicions that it laundered hundreds or millions of euros through tax havens, according to Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintilä (Cen). The revelations emerged from a major leak of confidential documents to US news site… Read More