A joint U.S.-Romanian crackdown against an organized crime group responsible for a multi-million dollar ATM scam revealed that the group is associated with Mexico’s Riviera Maya Gang, who have similarly defrauded more than a billion dollars from its victims.
Lithuania’s interior minister announced on Wednesday her intention to initiate a legislative change allowing the country to revoke the citizenship of naturalized Lithuanians deemed a threat to national security. This move followed revelations that a Russian billionaire utilized his children’s Lithuanian passports to conceal wealth from sanctions.
Financial consultants in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, bordering Romania, have been assisting Romanian businesspeople in committing VAT fraud and, in some instances, embezzling funds from the European Union, of which both countries are members.
Chilean authorities delivered the first three convictions against members of an international gold smuggling network, the so-called Gold Clan (Clan del Oro), accused of trafficking gold from the Bolivian and Peruvian Amazon to the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.
Italian and Spanish authorities have seized more than 260,000 liters of counterfeit extra virgin olive oil and arrested 11 individuals suspected of mixing high-quality oil with low-quality “Lampante oil,” previously used as fuel for oil lamps.
Police in Nigeria and Latin America have arrested 70 suspects in two Interpol-led operations targeting environmental crimes such as illegal mining, mercury trafficking, deforestation, illegal hunting, and forced labor, according to the international police agency.
Two children of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich used Lithuanian passports to help take control of some of his wealth, which may have safeguarded it from sanctions imposed on their father just weeks later, leaked documents reveal.
Police in 26 countries have arrested 1,013 individuals suspected of having moved money derived from illegal activities in exchange for petty cash. This marks the largest international operation targeting so-called money mules, the European Union's law enforcement agency, Europol, said on Monday.
The Islamabad High Court will review former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s second corruption conviction on Thursday, following its reversal of the first conviction last week. Another acquittal would remove all obstacles on his path to running for elections next February and becoming Pakistan’s prime minister for the fourth time.
The U.S. Treasury dismantled Wednesday a virtual currency mixer tied to the Lazarus Group, a state-sponsored cybercriminal organization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
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