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Arraignment date set for Venezuela envoy Saab accused of money laundering

A U.S. judge on Monday set a Nov. 1 arraignment date for Alex Saab, a businessman accused of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela’s government, in a case that pits the United States against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. prosecutors in 2019 charged Saab in connection with… Read More

Tunisian lawmaker detained over suspected tax fraud, money laundering

A Tunisian court on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July. By Tarek Amara, Reuters, 17 October 2021 Read more at… Read More

Police in China’s Zunyi City Bust a $124M Money Laundering Scam

Police in China’s southwest region busted a group that was using cryptocurrencies to launder stolen money, which involved 800 million yuan (US$124 million), according to local media. Authorities in Zunyi, a city in China’s Guizhou province, were on the case for two months, following a directive from the State Council,… Read More
14th October 2021
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday traced those involved in hoarding of $163 million in a structured manner. In an attempt to curb rising dollar rate against local currency, the FIA launched a crackdown against those involved in hoarding of dollars. The traders of hawala/hundi have also come under the… Read More
8th October 2021
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
6th October 2021
More than 1,000 police and special forces officers raided homes, offices and businesses in three German states early Wednesday morning. Officials were targeting an international money laundering network suspected to be involved in terror financing, German media reported citing police. By Richard Connonr, Deutsche Welle, 6 October 2021 Read more… Read More
6th October 2021
Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s alleged failure to check if the millions of ringgit of purported “donations” received were from lawful or illegal sources is quite similar to the situation in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s criminal case, the High Court heard today. The… Read More
22nd September 2021
A number of New Zealanders arrested in one of the biggest global crackdowns on organised crime face a raft of new drug charges, including supplying methamphetamine across the North Island and carrying out a money laundering transaction of $1 million. Police have filed fresh charges against eight people who appeared… Read More
21st September 2021
By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 19 September 2021 OCCRP — The International Criminal Court (ICC) green-lit an investigation Wednesday into how the Philippine government waged its ‘war on drugs’ between 2011 and 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte has spearheaded a hardline approach in dealing with people who use… Read More
21st September 2021
A lawyer for former Alan Weisselberg, the indicted Trump Organization chief financial officer, told a New York judge on Monday he has “strong reason to believe” more charges will be forthcoming in the state’s continuing criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s private real estate empire. Lawyer Bryan Scarlatos… Read More
21st September 2021
More than 100 people have been arrested in Spain and Italy following a joint investigation into money laundering. The sting targeted an Italian mafia gang on the Spanish island of Tenerife, who are accused of laundering more than €10 million. The group is alleged to have made its money through… Read More
19th September 2021
Four ex-Volkswagen AG managers stood trial in Germany accused of fraud for their part in the diesel-rigging scandal that cost the company billions and tarnished its reputation. The trial — starting six years after the scandal broke — is the first criminal case to target executives at VW’s German… Read More
16th September 2021
By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 15 September 2021 OCCRP — In a blow to organized crime groups profiting off of illegal gambling networks, Interpol aided police raids across Asia and Europe, which seized US$7.9 million in cash and arrested approximately 1,400 suspects, the organization reported on Tuesday. Read More