Authorities seized in 2020 nearly 60,000 illegally trafficked cultural artifacts at European border checkpoints, arrested 67 suspects and opened more than 300 investigations in the fifth edition of Operation Pandora that was launched in 2016.
An Argentinian attorney has turned to the Austrian government and the European Central Bank (ECB) for information that would explain why Austria’s defunct Meinl Bank has bought off the debt of the bankrupt Argentinian postal service against its own and the interest of other creditors but in favor of the family of Argentine former President Mauricio Macri.
U.K. law enforcement agencies arrested eight people suspected of acting as cash couriers responsible for laundering more than 50 million British pounds (US$70,29 million) in criminal profits, the National Crime Agency (NCA) reported Tuesday.
Human rights and free media advocates called on Uzbekistan to release anti-corruption blogger Otabek Sattoriy, calling his conviction for extortion and defamation wrongful and an attack against freedom of speech.
Trafficking in exotic cats, plant poachers, tiny songbirds hidden in hair rollers, the police chief caught ditching meetings and the man who sold his bank account to Romanian scammers — welcome to your semi-regular roundup of the weirdest events in corruption and organized crime, from OCCRP’s Daily News team.
Russia is not behind the ransomware attack that left part of the U.S. East Coast without gas, but a criminal group based in Russia is, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, announcing that a new task force will from now on prosecute such hackers “to the full extent of the law.”
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday announced that it has imposed sanctions on seven Lebanese individuals involved in the financial infrastructure of the country’s Shia Iran-backed “Party of God”, Hezbollah, along with its financial arm, Al-Qard al-Hassan (AQAH).
A federal judge in Texas dismissed on Tuesday the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy claim, arguing that the type of threat the organization faced from the lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Leticia James did not qualify for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections.
Politically influential people made up a significant portion of the clients at an offshore bank in the Isle of Man according to a Brookings Institute researcher who analyzed data from a breach published by Distributed Denial of Secrets.
A criminal group in Serbia has most likely used an industrial meat grinder to get rid of bodies of its victims, Serbian police and forensic experts said after having detected a number of different human DNA samples on the machine and the walls of the room.