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  • Dutch police are being infiltrated by criminal gangs, report says July 16, 2019
    Dozens of officers suspended or sacked recently for corruption may be ‘tip of iceberg’Dutch police unions have called for extra training in resisting approaches from criminal gangs after a report concluded that the recent firing of dozens of officers for corruption and security breaches could prove “the tip of the iceberg”.The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper […]
    Jon Henley Europe correspondent
  • Inside the 21st-century British criminal underworld July 4, 2019
    There are almost 5,000 criminal gangs in the UK. But the old family firms are gone – today’s big players are multinational, diversified and tech-savvy. By Duncan CampbellWho rules the underworld today, and where do they conduct their business? Once there were the familiar mugshots and Runyonesque nicknames, the clubs and pubs where the usual […]
    Duncan Campbell
  • Crown has a new king – but regulators may get in the way of deal June 7, 2019
    Regulators are running the ruler over James Packer’s sale of a 19.9% stake in his gaming empire to Melco – and the investigation could take yearsJames Packer’s decision to sell 19.9% of his Australian gaming empire, Crown Resorts, to his former Macau business partner faces a labyrinth of regulatory approvals from three state gaming authorities […]
    Anne Davies
  • UK property register 'needed urgently' to stop money laundering May 19, 2019
    MPs and peers say plans for register of foreign-owned property should not be delayedProposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.Draft legislation contains insufficient verification checks to deter criminals from submitting false […]
    Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
  • Spend £2.7bn more to tackle organised crime, says NCA chief May 13, 2019
    Lynne Owens to make challenge to ministers during launch of strategic assessmentThe government needs to find an extra £2.7bn to tackle the growth in serious and organised crime that is causing “staggering” damage to the United Kingdom, according to the director general of the National Crime Agency.Lynne Owens is due to make the direct challenge […]
    Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent
  • UK’s organised crime threat at record level, warns National Crime Agency May 11, 2019
    Britain risks losing fight against organised crime unless police receive significant new resources, official warnsBritain risks losing the fight against organised crime unless police receive significant new resources to tackle the “chronic and corrosive” threat from such groups, the head of the National Crime Agency has warned.In a chilling assessment, the NCA’s director general, Lynne […]
    Mark Townsend
  • Police Scotland warns of rise in teens targeted as money mules April 29, 2019
    Gangs recruit schoolchildren to move the proceeds of crime through their own accounts Police Scotland has written to secondary schools across the country warning parents and teachers that criminal gangs are targeting teenagers to act as “money mules”, as a senior officer warned youngsters are increasingly recruited online to move the proceeds of fraud through […]
    Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
  • Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law … and won April 21, 2019
    After Mueller, the president is being compared to mobsters from John Gotti to Tony Soprano. And yet he remains in office“You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod...”It was 17 June 2017. Donald Trump was on the phone, urging Don McGahn, the White House counsel, to turn the screw on the deputy attorney general, Rod […]
    David Smith in Washington
  • More than £100bn of UK property is secretly owned March 17, 2019
    Analysis by Global Witness shows 87,000 properties – 40% of them in London – are anonymously owned by firms registered in tax havensMore than £100bn of property in England and Wales is secretly owned, new analysis suggests. More than 87,000 properties are owned by anonymous companies registered in tax havens, research by the transparency group […]
    Jamie Doward
  • Troika Laundromat revelations hit European bank shares March 5, 2019
    New leaks show 1.3m transactions involving mainly tax haven shell companiesShares in European banks were hit as revelations from the Troika Laundromat investigation raised new questions about the extent of their involvement in the movement of suspicious funds from Russia into Europe.Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International, Finland’s Nordea Bank and Germany’s Deutsche Bank have been drawn […]
    Juliette Garside and agencies