A judge in Andorra has charged 29 Venezuelans with corruption - among them two former deputy ministers. Prosecutors allege that they were part of a network of corrupt officials who received US$ 2.3bn in bribes from companies in return for lucrative contracts with Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA.Add your comment!
Spanish opposition parties have launched a fierce campaign to end the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy after courts ruled that his Partido Popular profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme. The Socialist opposition announced a vote of no confidence against the prime minister with the backing of anti-establishment and left-wing parties, while the pro-business Ciudadanos (Citizens) – which had supported the conservative minority government until now – urged Mr Rajoy to call a fresh election.
The UK Government is to launch a new crackdown on money laundering amid warnings that a century old business scheme designed to help Scottish farmers is being exploited by foreign criminals. Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs) were first created in 1907 for farm holdings, but ministers say their legal structure makes them attractive money laundering vehicles for international crime groups.
An annual report by one of the world’s leading institutions working against financial crimes ranks countries around the world in terms of their money laundering risk levels, providing a sense of where Latin American nations stand when it comes to this important aspect of combating organized crime.
Deutsche Bank has been fined US$630m by US and UK regulators in connection with a Russian money laundering plan. Under the scheme, clients illegally moved US$10bn out of Russia via shares bought and sold through the bank's Moscow, London and New York offices.
A European Union official threatened to sanction Panama and other nations if they don’t cooperate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the small country remains a key destination for people who want to hide money.
Beach-side apartments in Brazil may have been used as bribes and to launder money for members of the ruling Workers’ Party (PT), police and prosecutors said as they carried out six arrests and executed 15 search warrants in four cities.
Foreigners must be stopped from buying UK homes with plundered or laundered cash and a global effort launched to defeat corruption, David Cameron will say in a speech later. Cameron will vow to expose the use of anonymous shell companies to buy luxury UK properties - often in London.
Brazil's Federal police confirmed on Friday that it had orders from a Parana federal judge to raid Petrobras offices in search of documentation related to an alleged major money laundering scheme but it was not necessary because of the collaboration from the country's largest oil and gas corporation officials.
The United States has named several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major money laundering states whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking.