Crime (non-financial)

Featured Crime (non-financial)

Yacu Kallpa: Illegal Timber and Impunity in Peru

By Maria Fernanda Ramirez, InSight Crime, 12 October 2021 InSight Crime — Six years after investigators in Peru took down a massive timber trafficking operation that shipped millions of dollars’ worth of illegal hardwood, more than 90 people have been indicted and a US importer has been… Read More

Afghan Smuggling Network Dismantled in Romania

By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 7 October 2021 OCCRP — Europol announced on Wednesday that, in cooperation with German authorities, Romanian police arrested 21 suspected members of a transnational network that smuggled Afghan migrants to Germany and France. Police made the arrests as they… Read More

Malta: Yorgen Fenech indicted on money laundering charges

A magistrates’ court has found there is sufficient evidence for Yorgen Fenech to be indicted over money laundering and fraud to the detriment of Glimmer Ltd, a company he partly owned. Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech decreed there was a ‘case to answer’ on Tuesday morning – a day after… Read More
7th September 2021
The arrest of the British antiques restorer Neil Perry Smith in July is not the first instance of a restorer becoming embroiled in crime. Smith was extradited to the US and charged on 29 counts for his alleged cleaning and repairing of antiquities for Subhash Kapoor, the dealer accused of… Read More
6th September 2021
Police are warning people of a terrifying new form of highway robbery in which people are mugged in the street and forced to transfer money from their digital banking apps. Violent thieves send the money to “mule accounts”, often purchased from cash-strapped students, and then quickly exchange the proceeds into… Read More
3rd September 2021
German prosecutors said Thursday they have charged six men over a spectacular heist in 2019 when more than a dozen diamond-encrusted artefacts worth over 100 million euros were snatched from a state museum. The suspects, all German nationals aged between 22 and 27 years old, are accused of aggravated gang… Read More
2nd September 2021
By Ashley Pechinski, InSight Crime, 1 September 2021 InSight Crime — The increasing use of an instant money transfer app is driving express kidnappings in the Brazilian city of São Paulo – a crime that now requires no more than a password and a push of a… Read More
12th August 2021
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an alleged victim of the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, on Monday filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew in federal court in New York. She accused the British royal of sexually abusing her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and at other locations in 2001 when… Read More
9th August 2021
AP — A reputed top Naples crime syndicate boss was arrested Saturday as she was about to board a flight to Spain. Italian authorities said. Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese praised the arrest of Maria Licciardi, 70, by Carabinieri officers on orders of Naples prosecutors. Police from the paramilitary… Read More
22nd July 2021
By David Klein, OCCRP, 22 July 2021 OCCRP — A British national was extradited to the United States on Tuesday and charged for his role in the decades-long smuggling operation of Subhash Kapoor, a New York art dealer who specialized in looted antiquities from Central and… Read More
15th July 2021
Bosnia’s intelligence chief has been arrested amid an investigation that includes money laundering and forgery. Osman Mehmedagic, the head of the Intelligence Security Agency (OSA), was detained on July 14 at the request of state prosecutors under suspicion of abuse of his position, falsifying personal identification documents, and money laundering,… Read More
23rd June 2021
By Andrei Ciurcanu and Alessia Cerantola, OCCRP, 22 June 2021 OCCRP — Two smugglers and a China Tobacco executive were speeding through the streets of Naples in a VW Golf when they got a call that broke them into a panic. They were on their way… Read More
22nd June 2021
China’s central bank said on Monday it had recently summoned some banks and payment firms, including China Construction Bank and Alipay, urging them to crack down harder on cryptocurrency trading. The People’s Bank of China’s meeting came after China’s State Council, or cabinet, last month said it would tighten restrictions… Read More