As countries all over the world are frantically trying to get hold of COVID-19 vaccines, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is warning EU governments to be “on guard” against - what it described as - very often fake offers.
Polish police announced Wednesday the arrest of 13 people and seizure of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit and stolen pharmaceuticals it says were the product of an international organized crime ring of Polish and French nationals, according to a statement by the Central Police Investigation Bureau (CBŚP).
Following intelligence provided by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Italian customs officers this week seized more than 4,000 counterfeit bearings originating from China. Authorities said installing such copies into machinery is dangerous.
A local council in the Czech Republic has found Prime Minister Andrej Babiš guilty of conflict of interest because he owns media outlets, the Guardian reported Sunday.
The European Commission proposed a new anti-fraud program Wednesday that would provide €181 million to aid EU member states in combating fraud, corruption and other financial irregularities.
The Czech Parliament has voted to strip Prime Minister Andrej Babis of immunity, leaving him open to prosecution for fraud charges amounting to over US$ 2 million.
The European Union’s anti-fraud office concluded its two-year investigation into the Hungarian lighting company Elios Innovativ Zrt. on Friday, finding evidence of “serious irregularities” and “conflict of interest” in the way it was being awarded government contracts. Many of these contracts used EU funds.
The British government may have to pay the European Union (EU) £1.7 billion (US$ 2.07 billion) in lost custom duties after failing to stop Chinese importers from committing customs fraud for years.
The European Union (EU) has stepped up its efforts to investigate contracts won under suspicious circumstances by a firm linked to the son-in-law of Hungary’s prime minister, István Tiborcz, reports OCCRP partner Direkt36.
Several high-profile hearings coincided with a visit to Bulgaria by the director general of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Giovanni Kessler, who criticized the country yet again for not taking enough concrete actions to tackle corruption.
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