Argentina Turns to Austria and the ECB for Help in Macri Family Probe

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.

UK Police Cut Money Laundering Scheme

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.

Unorganized Crime: Succulent Smugglers and Finches in Hair Rollers

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.

US Pursues Russia-Based Group Behind Pipeline Cyberattack

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.”

A Texas Judge Shot Down The NRA’s Bankruptcy Petition

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.