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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

Police in Europe Bust International Investment Fraud Network

By Zdravko Ljubas, OCCRP, 14 September 2021 OCCRP — Several European nations’ law enforcement agencies collaborated last week to disrupt the operations of a criminal gang perpetrating large-scale investment fraud, costing 55 million euro (US$64.96 million) in damages to a “significant number” of victims across Europe. An unknown number… Read More

Alleged Italian drugs kingpin linked to stolen Van Goghs arrested in Dubai

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
19th August 2021
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was providing its services in the Netherlands without the required registration, the Dutch central bank (DNB) said on Monday, in the latest regulatory hurdle for the company. The company was not in compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act, the De Nederlandsche Bank said, adding… Read More
9th August 2021
Tax Authorities in the Netherlands have missed out on around 100 million euros due to money laundering in the horse-trading industry, the AD reported. The Financial Intelligence Unit uncovered several suspicious transactions in the equestrian industry. Authorities have had their eye on the horse industry for years, due to the… 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
3rd August 2021
Nearly 15 years after the death of the former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, victims of his brutal regime are still trying to hold him and his associates accountable. And now the victims appear to be one step closer to justice — even if the courtroom is on the… Read More
3rd August 2021
Isabel dos Santos, at one time the wealthiest woman in Africa, must surrender one of her last remaining major assets, a stake in the Portuguese energy company Galp worth an estimated $500 million, an international tribunal in the Netherlands has ruled. In its 2020 Luanda Leaks investigation, the International… Read More
21st July 2021
The government and banks are turning their attention to the second-hand lease car market in their fight against money laundering. They’re going to make it more difficult for car dealers to deposit large amounts of cash, De Telegraaf reported. According to the newspaper, international drug gangs in particular buy up… Read More
7th July 2021
German security officials said Tuesday they made more than 750 arrests and seized large amounts of drugs after gaining access to extensive chat data of encrypted cellphones. The focus of the investigation, which started in April 2020, was on data from users of the provider EncroChat who were involved in… Read More
1st July 2021
By Cecilia Anesi, Margherita Bettoni and Giulio Rubino, OCCRP, 30 June 2021 OCCRP — On an October evening in 2018, as Sebastiano Giorgi and a Romanian associate skipped and swayed at a fancy Stuttgart nightspot, they were blissfully unaware that their every move was being eyed… Read More
29th June 2021
A deal that gave one of the wealthiest families in Africa a lucrative stake in a large Portuguese energy company could be a step closer to dissolution, following a new ruling from a Dutch court. The ruling validates a damning report from a court-appointed director of Esperaza Holding BV,… 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