Georgian authorities directed French police on Monday to catch 22 members of Eastern European and Central Asian gangs that robbed houses, stole cars, ran a stolen goods ring, created false documents and trafficked drugs across Europe.
Supported by Europol, French and Italian police arrested 23 individuals and dismantled two criminal networks suspected of producing and distributing counterfeit banknotes that caused US$5.1 million in damages, a Europol press release said on Tuesday.
French Gendarmerie arrested earlier this month a high-profile Ukrainian fugitive who had sequestered himself in a Burgundy chateau surrounded by Salvador Dali paintings and a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom after faking his own death, Europol announced Tuesday on Twitter.
France’s ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy lost on Monday a first appeal against facing trial on influence peddling and corruption charges, according to Reuters. The Paris prosecutor’s office told the outlet that he must now wait for a second appeal before he will know if he will be tried in court.
Two weeks after Meng Hongwei, the president of Interpol, went missing after sending his wife a mysterious knife emoji, Chinese authorities announced that he was being detained and investigated over bribery allegations.
Six men who used small boats and tried to use a jet-ski to smuggle migrants from the north coast of France to the UK were found guilty on Tuesday after a nine week trial and three year investigation, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The Paris District Court Thursday acquitted the French television station M6 and Atanas Tchobanov, the editor-in-chief of the website Bivol.bg, of libel and defamation of Ivan Danov, the former Bulgarian Minister of Investment Planning.
A French anti-corruption group called for an inquiry into the campaign accounts of President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, alleging he received illegal discounts during his 2017 presidential bid.
Dozens of Georgian gang members and four mafia bosses with ties to major Caucasus gangs faced charges of being involved in an organized crime group, money laundering and criminal conspiracy on Monday, Le Parisien reported.
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.
French authorities are investigating media billionaire Vincent Bollore who is suspected of having helped install politicians in two African countries in exchange for lucrative business contracts, Reuters reported Tuesday.
The United Kingdom denied a French request for assistance in its investigation into alleged money laundering and tax fraud by Lycamobile, a U.K. telecoms company, reports BuzzFeed News. The British government said in its refusal that Lycamobile is the “biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party.”
Corruption charges against former head of French energy conglomerate Areva in regards to a corporate acquisition have also revealed potential illicit payments made to a Namibian mining company and the country’s president.
A French judge has put Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov under formal investigation after police arrested him this week at Nice airport for alleged tax evasion, media reported Thursday.
French authorities have launched an investigation against Danske Bank which is suspected of having taken part in the laundering of some of the US$ 230 million Russian treasury scam once uncovered by Moscow-based lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
Paris-based carmaker PSA Group allegedly used a fraudulent software on almost two million vehicles to manipulate diesel emissions tests, French newspaper Le Monde revealed on Friday.
One of the biggest Latvian banks has announced it will appeal last week’s French court ruling by which it has to pay €80 million (US$ 91 million) - almost the equivalent of its 2016 net profit - for being involved in a vast tax avoidance and money laundering scheme, media reported.
French authorities charged the daughter and son-in-law of Congo’s President with “money laundering and misuse of public funds,” as part of a larger investigation into the assets of three African presidential families, media reported Sunday.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, whose father is president of Equatorial Guinea, went on trial Monday in France for embezzling more than US$ 112 million of state money to fund a lavish lifestyle in Paris.
Authorities across Bulgaria, Turkey and France have arrested 22 people for illegally excavating ancient antiques and trafficking them into Western Europe, Bulgarian authorities said Friday.
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