Brazil
6th July 2021
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was involved in a scheme to skim salaries of his aides while a federal deputy, website UOL reported on Monday, citing what it said were audios of his former sister-in-law explaining his role in the alleged corruption racket. The scheme, known locally as rachadinha, involves hiring… Read More
1st July 2021
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired a health official on Wednesday after he reportedly asked for a bribe in a coronavirus vaccine deal, the latest graft accusation to rock the government and spark fresh calls for the president’s impeachment. With over half a million COVID-19 deaths, Brazilians are fuming over missed… Read More
30th June 2021
Drugs kingpins have struck a deal to flood Scotland with cocaine supplied by a cartel in Ecuador, it’s claimed. Hoods are said to be receiving huge hauls from South America before recruiting peddlers here to punt them on our streets. The plot comes amid disruption to the supply chain triggered… Read More
27th June 2021
Mexico wants Dutch energy giant Vitol to reveal the name of the state oil company official to whom Vitol paid bribes, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday. Petróleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, is reviewing its contracts with Vitol in search of better terms after the company admitted to… Read More
22nd June 2021
By Alessandro Ford, InSight Crime, 18 June 2021 InSight Crime — Ongoing seizures of cocaine trafficked from Brazil to Mozambique continue to highlight the robust drug route between the two former Portuguese colonies, as well as a lesser-known transit region for Europe-bound cocaine. In recent years,… Read More
3rd June 2021
Authorities in Brazil are investigating senior employees at Connecticut-based trading house Freepoint Commodities for their alleged role in a bribery scheme involving state-run oil company Petrobras, Reuters has learned. Federal police here suspect Freepoint, through an intermediary, routed bribes to Petrobras employees for a roughly seven-year period ending in 2018. Read More
3rd June 2021
A banker wanted by the U.S. on money laundering charges was denied bail in the U.K. after he was arrested disembarking a private jet he flew into the country. Peter Weinzierl, the former chief executive officer of an Austrian private bank, better known by its old name of Meinl… Read More
31st May 2021
Ricardo Salles, Brazil’s environment minister, was frustrated. Not because of record fires and deforestation in the Amazon, but because many of his attempts at deregulation had been thwarted. “Everything we do is shot down by the judiciary the next day,” Salles complained in a video recording… Read More
26th May 2021
U.S. prosecutors said the former chief executive of an Austrian bank was arrested on Tuesday and charged with involvement in a long-running bribery and money-laundering conspiracy involving the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA. Peter Weinzierl and co-defendant Alexander Waldstein, both of Austria, were accused of conspiring from 2006 to 2016… Read More
21st May 2021
AP — The president of the International Volleyball Federation is being investigated in his native Brazil as part of a wider fraud probe launched on Thursday. Rio de Janeiro police and state prosecutors said in a statement that Ary Graça, who has headed FIVB since 2012, and… Read More