With the help of Serbia’s Security and Intelligence Agency (BIA), police in Belgrade arrested 17 people suspected of being members of an organized group that committed serious crimes, including kidnappings and murders, Serbian authorities said Thursday.
President of the U.S. arts and crafts store, Hobby Lobby, and board chairman of the Washington D.C.-based Museum of the Bible, Steve Green, has returned thousands of potentially looted artifacts to Egypt and Iraq, the Museum announced in a recent statement.
European authorities detained 105 people and indicted another 14 for their alleged role in an international scheme that defrauded 12 million euros (US$14.4 million) from banks based in the United States.
One of the world’s largest consulting firms has agreed to pay over half a billion dollars to resolve a U.S. investigation into its role in advising drug companies how to ‘supercharge’ opioid sales while the country was suffering from an opioid epidemic.
The economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of potential human trafficking victims, with criminal groups targeting people in vulnerable socioeconomic conditions, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a recent report.
California-based clothing brand LuLaRoe has agreed to pay US$4.75 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of operating a pyramid scheme, Washington’s Attorney General said this week.
Italian authorities detained on Tuesday 20 suspected members of three distinct mafia clans operating in the Naples area. Police said they believe the suspects trafficked hashish to Malta and cocaine to Italy.
A Lebanese activist and Hezbollah critic was found dead in his car on Thursday morning with five gunshot wounds in his body, according to local media.
A court in Stockholm has upheld acquittal for Lars Nyberg, former president of telecoms group Telia, and two associates in a case involving multi-million dollar payments made to Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the former president of Uzbekistan.
As the pandemic continues to rage, international authorities are gaining traction in their pursuit of corona-related criminality, with French and British police both recently dismantling forgery rings selling fake negative test certificates, and Chinese and Mexican authorities apprehending fraudsters selling fake vaccines.