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Enduring Italians, Ambitious Albanians – How Cocaine is Changing Europe’s Criminal Landscape

By Chris Dalby, InSight Crime, 21 September 2021 InSight Crime — Ever greater quantities of cocaine are making their way across the Atlantic and are being sold at ever greater prices across Europe. A new Europol report reveals how this has changed the way organized crime operates… Read More

Over 100 arrested in Spain and Italy in major money-laundering sting

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

Report: Italian Mafia Exploits Cryptocurrency and the Deep Web

By David Klein, OCCRP, 24 August 2021 OCCRP — Italian Mafia groups, particularly ‘Ndrangheta, the country’s strongest and most powerful criminal syndicate, are growing more and more attuned to modern tools like cryptocurrency and the deep web, the Italian Anti-Mafia Directorate (DIA) said in their latest report… Read More
20th August 2021
One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai. Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police… Read More
20th August 2021
Spain is a second home to many criminal groups, in particular the Italian mafia. The recent arrests of two mafia bosses highlight this trend. At the beginning of August, Domenico Paviglianiti, a high-ranking member of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia group, was arrested in Madrid, where he had been hiding after… Read More
18th August 2021
Italian steel pipe maker Tenaris SA said on Tuesday that an Argentine court had acquitted the company’s chief executive officer and chairman Paolo Rocca of all charges brought against him in a corruption case. Rocca had been charged here by an Argentine federal judge in the sprawling… 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
6th August 2021
By Cecilia Anesi, Margherita Bettoni and Giulio Rubino, OCCRP, 5 August 2021 OCCRP — In his younger years, the Italian drug trafficker Giuseppe Romeo, known as “Maluferru,” was fascinated with Mexican narcos. In particular, police sources familiar with the trafficker say, he admired Los Zetas, the hyper-violent cartel… Read More
1st August 2021
Italian prosecutors and the Nigerian government have appealed the acquittal of Eni and Shell, as well as a series of past and present managers, in a Nigerian corruption case, according to a document seen by Reuters. In March, a Milan court acquitted the two companies and defendants in the oil industry’s… Read More
26th July 2021
A playboy, a femme fatal spy and a powerful Italian cardinal are preparing to stand trial in the Vatican’s biggest corruption probe that has changed the way the Holy See conducts criminal justice. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, once one of Pope Francis’ closest confidants, is accused of syphoning off at… Read More
26th July 2021
The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time on Saturday, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever. The information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the… Read More
23rd July 2021
According to the Swiss federal criminal court last week, the corruption destroying the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where devastating conflicts over minerals used in our electronics have killed more than six million people – is inextricably linked to the UK, Gibraltar and Switzerland. It was… Read More
22nd July 2021
Milan prosecutors are investigating Lombard International Assurance (LIA), a Luxembourg-based insurer owned by U.S. fund Blackstone, due to allegations of tax evasion and money laundering, two judicial sources said. Newspaper Sole 24 Ore had reported the investigation on Wednesday and the judicial sources confirmed the details of the report. The… Read More