Italian police last week arrested 44 suspected members of what is believed to be the largest ever euro banknotes counterfeiting network, possibly linked to theCamorra criminal syndicate,Europol, which coordinated the operation, said Friday.
A new project that will be led byEuropol and financed by the European Commission will help the EU’s eastern neighbours -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine -- fight organized crime.
The European Court of Justice announced on Thursday that Romania and Ireland will have to pay three million euro (US$3.43 million) and two million euro ($2.29 million) respectively for having failed to follow an EU directive intended to prevent illicit financial flows that lead to money laundering and terrorist financing.
Portuguese and Spanish police arrested six and indicted 32 people in a two-day bust of a cross-border crime ring practicing VAT fraud, Europol announced.
Dutch police arrested six men after they discovered six containers that were turned into prison cells and the seventh into a torture chamber equipped with a dentist chair with belts on arms and foot supports, pliers, knives and other utensils meant to cause pain.
In two separate,Europol-coordinated operations, Spanish and Romanian police detained five suspects and dismantled their illegal print shops, preventing this way millions of counterfeit euros and Romanian lei from entering the European financial circuits.
Italian police in Sicily arrested on Wednesday 45 people believed to be linked to theCosa Nostra mafia, while German police arrested the clan’s deputy leader in the southwestern town of Wolzburg.
The Council of Europe is calling for tougher tools for the fight against organized crime which only in the European Union could be making over 100 billion euro a year while authorities are confiscating just a fragment of its proceeds.
Four former executives of the Spanish branch of ICBC, China’s largest state-owned bank, pleaded guilty on Monday to laundering tens of millions of euros in illicit funds, mostly originating from suspected Chinese organized crime groups.
The EU’s law enforcement agency (EUROPOL) launched on Friday a special unit that will try to help EU countries fight the increased number of criminal activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid growing concern over the impact of the novel coronavirus on the global economy, international agencies are beginning to anticipate how organised criminals across different sectors will be forced to adapt to the post-pandemic reality.
In a massive crackdown on the illegal antiquities trade that spanned over 100 countries, international and national law enforcement agencies arrested 101 individuals and recovered some 19,000 archeological artifacts,Interpol reported on Wednesday.
With coronavirus cramping the usual activities of gangsters, organized crime is increasingly going online, experts said on Thursday, following the bust of a group attempting to sell millions of non-existent masks to German health authorities.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercrime has grown more than any other criminal activity, aEuropol report revealed on Friday.
Counterfeit coronavirus testing kits. Fake home disinfection services. Fraudulent adds selling face masks and hand sanitizers. Phishing emails. Cyberattacks.
As COVID-19 shut down the world in less than a month, cybercriminals seized the opportunity to use the Internet to defraud and blackmail people and companies.
European authorities arrested 13 suspected members of a Turkish drug trafficking group and seized 2.4 tonnes of heroin that was supposed to be shipped to Europe in food or construction materials containers, Europol announced on Monday.
Coronavirus travel restrictions have stalled Sweden’s investigation into an international fraud carried out by a sham Ukrainian investment company, according to Dagens Nyheter.
Investigators in more than 15 countries have seized almost 36 million units of medical drugs in a coordinated sting on European groups trafficking black market and counterfeit medications.
Spanish authorities have raided the properties of two prominent football agents suspected of organizing fictitious transfers of players through a Cypriot club to launder a large amount of money and evade taxes.
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