CRIME

The government of Mozambique was shocked to learn it had an estimated 30,000 fake workers on its payroll, for a net cost to the government of $250 million.
Six Israelis have been arrested by Colombian police for running a Jewish child sex abuse operation.
A massive case of procurement fraud involving two leaders of the New York legislature, a deputy of the current Governor, and the former President of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute reached a final close on December 11.
Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), met with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Gina Haspel and some U.S. senators for a confidential briefing on the brutal slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump didn't want to be confused by the info.
The head of a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Hong Kong and Virginia was convicted for bribing African officials on behalf of a Chinese oil company.
As the crimes connected with Goldman Sach's involvement in the $2.7 billion money laundering and bribery scheme pile up, the Department of Justice announced on November 30 it was filing a $73 million civil forfeiture action against Goldman execs' Malaysian money-laundering partner Jho Taek Low.
A trial highlighting how greed can justify almost any crime closed Thursday in Louisiana, in the case of three landowners attempting to recover damages from Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC’s illegal trespass, destruction, and embedding of a crude oil pipeline on their land without their permission or due process.
A judicial consent decree was supposed to have forced Philadelphia’s criminal cops to cut back on their abuse in seizing assets after an alleged crime, but it appears to have slowed them down only a little.
On November 29, U.S. authorities took actions against two Iran-based individuals who helped exchange digital currency (BitCoin) ransom payments into Iranian rial on behalf of Iranian malicious cyber actors, in connection with the SamSam ransomware scheme which eventually affected over 200 targets.
On November 27, Alejandro Andrade Cedeno, the former National Treasurer of Venezuela and now resident of the well-to-do community of Wellington, Florida, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He has admitted to taking over $90 million dollars in bribes for an elaborate bribery and currency-exchange scheme.
In a surprising move, the U.S. DEA has arrested Juan Antonio Hernandez Alvarado for drug trafficking, weapons charges, and making false statements to federal agents.
Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company just filed a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs for conspiracy to further criminal schemes connected with Malaysia’s 1MDB fund.
According to a filing on November 19 in criminal court in Manhattan, the French bank Societe Generale has been fined for violations of the 100-year-old Trading With the Enemy Act.
That Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is savage but not a big surprise; what matters more is what world leaders will choose to do with the news.
The Department of Justice just announced that three South Korean companies pleaded guilty to criminal charges in a major fuel pricing bid-rigging conspiracy lasting over ten years.
On November 6, Floridians passed a ballot measure which gives voting rights back to most of those felons who have completed their sentences.
Former Goldman Southeast Asia chairman Tim Leissner just pled guilty to money laundering and bribery to get officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi to sign bond agreements with the bank.
Taiwanese firm United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Chinese state-owned Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, and three former employees of the Taiwan branch of Micron Technologies were charged for corporate espionage and economic theft.
Akasha crime family members Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla led an international drug ring until the U.S. DEA effectively kidnapped them in Kenya and took them to the U.S. before they could again bribe their way out of extradition.
A California Judge denied Monsanto’s appeal to overturn the company’s conviction for “negligent failure” in the use of its glyphosate-based herbicide products.
The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is finally opening an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania for their institutional sexual abuse of children.
In a ruling announced on October 15, a federal judge ruled to certify over 110,000 students joining forces to sue Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back earlier rules which used to provide full student loan debt forgiveness.