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New York Art Dealer Pleads Guilty to Having Dealt Stolen Art

By David Klein, OCCRP, 8 October 2021 OCCRP — The owner of a swanky Manhattan art gallery, who sold ancient artefacts to major auction houses like Christies and Sotheby’s, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to knowingly have dealt in stolen goods, the anti-antiquities trafficking NGO Antiquities Coalition announced. Read More

Venezuela’s International Appetite for Stolen Luxury Cars

By Mark Wilson, Insight Crime, 7 October 2021 Insight Crime — Specialist gangs have been caught smuggling expensive vehicles from Colombia into Venezuela, shining a spotlight on how an increasingly dollarized economy has allowed a black market for luxury goods to thrive. In late September, thieves hijacked a Toyota… Read More

A Blend of Family and Politics in Guatemala’s Cocaine Trade

By Alex Papadovassilakis, Insight Crime, 3 August 2021 Insight Crime — An anti-narcotics operation in western Guatemala has shed more light on how families involved in local politics can play a pivotal role in the regional cocaine trade. The Attorney General’s Office raided a… Read More
29th July 2021
Credit Suisse Group AG failed to properly monitor tens of billions of dollars of exposure that piled up while handling trades for Archegos Capital Management that generated relatively little revenue, according to people briefed on the findings of the bank’s internal inquiry. The report into how the bank lost… Read More
28th July 2021
France’s top appeals court on Wednesday rules on the conviction handed to the powerful son of the president of Equatorial Guinea for building up luxury assets in the country with illegally obtained funds. If the Court of Cassation throws out the appeal by Teodorin Obiang, who is vice president of… Read More
6th July 2021
By Saurnas Cerniauskas, OCCRP, 6 July 2021 OCCRP — Days before the European Union imposed sanctions on Belarusian oligarch Aliaksei Aleksin over his links to Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, his family sold its Cyprus-based company along with a bank to a Lebanese businessman, this way saving both… Read More
1st July 2021
Increased powers to seize ill-gotten cash and property are being worked on, the director of Guernsey’s new Economic and Financial Crime Bureau has said. Kevin Davis, previously chief investigator for the UK Serious Fraud Office, said his new agency would use all legal remedies at its disposal as it takes… Read More
29th June 2021
Senator Paul Laxalt was in a classified briefing about political chaos in the Philippines when an assistant interrupted: He had an urgent phone call from Manila. On the other end of the line was Ferdinand Marcos, the country’s president. Marcos wanted to know if it was true that Ronald Reagan… Read More
27th June 2021
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday signed a decree imposing sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash, the presidential office said. The decree said sanctions included an asset freeze, ban on capital withdrawal, revocation of licences, restriction of resource transit and other restrictions. Ukraine’s security and defence council last week announced the… Read More
16th June 2021
A wealthy Chinese-Canadian businessman has agreed to forfeit more than $70 million by cutting a record-breaking deal with the New Zealand police. Three years ago, the bank accounts of Xiao Hua Gong in New Zealand were frozen as part of a global investigation into his finances. The businessman had built… Read More
7th June 2021
Scotland Yard detectives want new laws to let them freeze the cryptocurrency assets of criminals in the same way they can stop them transferring funds. The Met is lobbying the government to change the legislation to make it tougher for criminals to transfer cryptocurrency, which is used by money launderers. Read More
3rd June 2021
Cash-strapped businesses grappling with the cost of the pandemic are increasingly securing loans against the value of unpaid invoices, or ‘factoring’ as it is often referred to. However, such a trend is also proving irresistible to criminals keen to exploit the opportunities of this growing market. The recent announcement that the Serious… Read More
1st June 2021
Fear has gripped bank owners and workers nationwide as the demand by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for their asset declaration forms takes effect from June 1, 2021. Vanguard recalls that the anti-graft agency had served the warning on the banks on March 16 this year, insisting that from… Read More