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El Salvador orders arrest of ex-president Sanchez Ceren in graft probe

El Salvador has ordered the arrest of former president Salvador Sanchez Ceren and nine top officials from a past administration as part of a money laundering and corruption probe, the Attorney General’s office said on Thursday. The office said Sanchez Ceren was out of the country, but five former high-ranking… Read More

Recent arrests reveal more about how cartel wives help run operations for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel

The infamous Sinaloa Cartel is relying on its wives to keep its more complicated operations going, according to cartel operatives, security analysts, and government indictments. The arrests of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and of Mia and Olivia Flores, wives of Pedro and… Read More

Miami case reveals black market for high-priced prescription drugs. It took in $78 million

In November 2013, Miami-Dade police officers conducted a routine search of a Kendall house and left with a batch of pharmaceuticals. Over the next six years, that seemingly small-time operation would blow up into an elaborate $78 million prescription drug and money-laundering scheme tapping into what U.S. authorities describe as… Read More
22nd July 2021
AP — Mexico’s top anti-money laundering investigator said Wednesday that officials from previous administrations from 2012 to 2018 spent about $300 million in government money to purchase spyware from the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group. The bills for programs like the Pegasus spyware appear to have included… Read More
22nd July 2021
Accountants, lawyers and real estate agents are being lured to the “dark side” by organised crime bosses. Crime and Corruption Commission chair Alan MacSporran said he had hoped high-profile charges in recent years against individual lawyers would be a significant deterrent to others against wrongdoing. But Mr MacSporran said it… 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
21st July 2021
The Investigative Committee (SK) website has a video showing extravagant interiors in a huge mansion, among many properties raided. Col Alexei Safonov, head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, was arrested with six others. Traffic police allegedly took bribes for issuing fake permits to businesses. The permits allegedly… Read More
21st July 2021
A Kaunas-based company has breached EU sanctions and supplied equipment for the construction of power plants in Russian-annexed Crimea, LRT Investigation Team reports. Water filtration systems from Lithuania were used in the construction of thermal power plants in Crimea, data collected by LRT Investigation Team and Scanner project, a Russian… Read More
21st July 2021
The Biden administration on Tuesday designated former Honduran President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa and his wife, former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila, for their involvement in “significant corruption” while in office, barring them from entry to the United States. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the designations in… Read More
20th July 2021
The thwarted takeover of a troubled Italian bank in 2018 will come into focus in a forthcoming Vatican trial that is tied to Pope Francis’s efforts to clean up Holy See finances after decades of scandals. Weakened by mismanagement and bad loans, Carige bank was placed under special administration by… Read More
19th July 2021
The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrested Shivlal Pabbi, a Dutch national who allegedly ran ‘hawala’ operations in the garb of ready-made garments trade in the Netherlands. The accused got the proceeds of the crime laundered via some Pakistan nationals based in Dubai. Mr. Pabbi was allegedly trying to flee the… Read More
16th July 2021
Documents submitted to an arbitration procedure in Israel on behalf of Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler implicate him in paying as much as $360 million in bribes to officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, going by a request for legal assistance that Britain’s Serious Fraud Office passed to the… Read More
15th July 2021
U.K. prosecutors have told Swiss authorities they have proof of an alleged money-laundering ring spanning from Africa to Europe that paid almost $380 million in cash bribes to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Companies repeatedly bribed officials to further their business interests in the mineral-rich nation, according to… Read More