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U.S. Charges 138 Medical Workers for US$1.4 Billion Fraud

By Damiir Beslija, OCCRP, 23 September 2021 OCCRP — The Department of Justice last week announced criminal charges against 138 doctors, nurses and licenced medical professionals for their alleged involvement in fraud schemes worth around US$1.4 billion. Authorities accused 43… Read More

Crypto Channels Targeted in Biden’s Fight Against Ransomware

The Biden administration plans a fresh campaign against ransomware attacks through sanctions to cut off criminals’ cryptocurrency pipelines, and it urged companies to report extortion attempts and better protect themselves from them. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told reporters that the sanctions would be imposed on Suex, a cryptocurrency transferring… Read More

Iran wants nuclear talks that lead to lifting of U.S. sanctions, president says

Iran wants to resume nuclear talks with world powers that would lead to removal of U.S. sanctions, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday as negotiations about reinstating a 2015 nuclear pact have stalled. “The Islamic Republic considers the useful talks whose ultimate outcome is… 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
20th September 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against those prolonging conflict in northern Ethiopia, adding pressure on parties to end the civil war. The Department of Treasury can now go after several targets, including those in the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments as well as in the Tigray… Read More
20th September 2021
The United Arab Emirates central bank sees increased risks of illicit financial flows emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, including money-laundering and terrorism financing, it said in a report published on Sunday. The use of unlicensed money service providers for money laundering has increased during the coronavirus crisis last year, the… Read More
19th September 2021
India’s Enforcement Directorate, a government agency that fights financial crime, searched Harsh Mander’s premises on Thursday. Officials said they were investigating a money laundering case against him. Read more at BBC Photo: Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons RiskScreen:… Read More
16th September 2021
German lawmakers will question Finance Minister Olaf Scholz over suspected failings at the government anti-money laundering agency next Monday, only days before a federal election which his party is projected to win. Scholz will answer questions at a special meeting of the lower house of parliament’s finance committee on Sept. Read More
16th September 2021
Swiss bank Mirabaud & Cie. is being asked by a powerful U.S. lawmaker whether it told the Internal Revenue Service about a businessman’s accounts that are now part of America’s biggest individual tax-evasion case. Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, asked in a letter whether Mirabaud told… Read More
16th September 2021
Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen is pressing Representative Richard Neal, the Democratic chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to include the Biden administration’s full proposal for bolstering the Internal Revenue Service in its $3.5 trillion spending package, arguing that more resources and greater powers to catch tax evaders are… Read More
16th September 2021
The taxman will investigate 250 high-earning social media “influencers” to check whether they have been paying their taxes, as the government looks to cash in on the exponential growth of the digital economy amid the pandemic. Letters of authority (LOA) for the conduct of a probe have been sent to… 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
15th September 2021
A unit in Afghanistan’s central bank leading a 15-year effort to counter illicit funding flows has halted operations, four staff members said, threatening to hasten the country’s slide out of the global financial system. Since 2006, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Afghanistan (FinTRACA) has gathered intelligence on… Read More