Israeli and French authorities arrested four suspected leaders of a crime group responsible for impersonating executives of companies and ordering employees to wire company money to bank accounts owned by the group, Europol reported Monday.
Authorities across the European Union arrested 58 suspects and seized cars, documents, and US$477,000 in cash during a Value Added Tax, VAT, fraud investigation that damaged the EU’s economy by over $70 million.
A Maltese opposition Member of Parliament and lawyer for the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday accused a police sergeant of tipping off the three men arrested for her murder allowing them to dispose of evidence.
After a two-year investigation, 300 heavily armed police officers bursted the doors of more than 100 villas and apartments in the early morning hours and arrested 19 alleged members of one of Lithuania’s most dangerous crime groups.
Austrian and Romanian authorities have arrested 11 suspects of organized migrant smuggling and seized documents, phones and money while searching 25 properties, the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, Eurojust, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The outgoing Europol director, Rob Wainwright, says that Europe’s work to curb money laundering is insufficient as illegal cash moves too easily through its banking system.
The mastermind of a cybercrime syndicate responsible for bank heists totaling over US$1 billion was arrested in Spain, Europol announced last week.
In an international effort, authorities in three European countries arrested on Thursday 26 people suspected of facilitating illegal immigration.
Europol called Tuesday for tighter money laundering control saying in 2014 banks had reported one million suspicious transactions to authorities but only 10 percent of them were investigated.
The Spanish National Police has dismantled an international criminal network that used commercial flights to smuggle Iranian citizens into the UK, Europol announced Thursday.
The largest criminal marketplace on the dark web for the illicit trade of drugs, firearms, computer hacking tools and more was shut down Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.
Europol urged on Wednesday that users affected by this week’s "Petya" cyber-attack should not pay requested ransoms, because the proceeds fund organized crime.
Factories, hospitals and major corporations around the world grounded to a halt Friday after ransomware hit 200,000 targets in 150 countries, the largest cyber-attack of its kind ever recorded.
An operation by 40 countries shut down a cybercrime network that used malware to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from email users around the world, law enforcement agencies announced Thursday.
A joint European police operation has led to the seizure of more than three tonnes of hashish off Italy’s coast, dealing another blow to a Polish-led criminal network that has been under investigation for two years, Europol said Wednesday.
The Spanish Civil Guard dealt a major blow to an organized money-laundering ring with connections to two Russian crime syndicates on Tuesday. The operation, two years in the making, was named “Usura” and was supported by Europol.
Nearly 7,000 new migrant smuggling suspects were identified between January and June 2016 amid a large wave of migrants trying to reach Europe, Europol announced this week. Ninety-five percent of the suspects are male, with an average age of 36.
Europol recently launched its annual multi-partner operation aimed at cracking down on organized crime throughout Europe. Results ranging from human trafficking to airline fraud have been coming in.
For the ninth year running, a group of organizations coordinated by Interpol has shut down nearly 5,000 websites illegally selling drugs and medicines worldwide.
The European Central Bank (ECB) will discontinue printing the 500 Euro bank note due to it being widely used for illicit activities, following a Wednesday decision.
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