Prosecutors, police, and government officials are investigating dozens of the country’s top makers of high-end musical bows, who are suspected of trafficking protected brazilwood to the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Read more: Operation Dó-Ré-Mi: The Brazilian Bow Makers Under Investigation For Dealing in Endangered Wood
Legal protection for investigative reporting will help defend media outlets against vexatious lawsuits.
Read more: OCCRP and Partners Announce “Reporters Shield”
A former member of the Riviera Maya gang was stabbed in Mexico by his onetime comrades. The Mexican prosecutor who led the investigation didn’t even look into them as suspects. Now, it turns out, they may have been paying him off.
Read more: Mexican Prosecutor Who Led Investigations Into Violent Crimes of Romanian Gang is Accused of Being...
The European Court of Justice has reversed a decade of progress against financial secrecy, to the cheers of sanctioned oligarchs and tax dodgers all around the world.
Read more: Dear European Court of Justice: You Were Played
While Inna Yashchyshyn visited Mar-a-Lago and schmoozed with former President Trump and his inner circle, she was being pursued by a senior member of Russian organized crime.
Read more: Fake ‘Rothschild’ Was Chased by Russian Organized Crime When She Took Pictures With Trump at...
OCCRP Co-Founders Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu will talk about trends in the world of illicit money flows in a webinar on December 14.
Read more: Crypto, SLAPPs, and Dark Money: OCCRP’s Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu Discuss the Year Ahead in...
In the aftermath of a “disastrous” European court ruling, we explain why journalists — and the public — need access to corporate ownership registries.
Read more: Beneficial Ownership Data is Critical in the Fight Against Corruption
For more than a decade, HS Timber Group required its Romanian timber suppliers to deliver extra wood for free without recording it, netting the Austrian company an estimated $34 million of unofficial timber.
Read more: Eastern Europe’s Biggest Wood Processor Demanded Free Timber From Suppliers For Years
Banks often help each other carry out cross-border transactions using a system known as correspondent banking. The process is central to the global financial system, but it also opens up loopholes exploited by criminals, sanctions dodgers, and corrupt politicians.
Read more: FAQ: What is Correspondent Banking?
Every day, forty-six year-old Dia walks into the jungle to seek exhausting, dangerous and precarious work in the diamond pits that pockmark the landscape of Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone.
If he is lucky, he will dig for up to 10 hours in knee-deep mud to receive US$2-3 at the end of the day.
Artisanal diamond mine on the outskirts of Koidu. (Photo: Josef Skrdlik/OCCRP)
Read more: Duplicity and Destitution: How Sierra Leone’s Artisanal Diamonds Fail to Benefit Local Communities