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US DoJ finds commodity trading company Gunvor guilty to bribe Ecuadorean officials to win business and orders to pay over $600M in criminal penalties 

The charge arises out of a scheme to bribe officials of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Petroecuador, the Ecuadorian state-owned oil company, in order to obtain contracts to purchase oil products. The proceeding was held before US District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano. As part of the company’s sentence, Gunvor was ordered to pay a criminal penalty of approximately $661 million.


Europol collaborates with Spanish authorities in arresting 53 criminal organisation members for €2 million sports betting corruption

Europol Supports Spanish Police in Arresting 53 Suspects for Sports Betting Fraud Across 20 Countries, uncovering EUR 2 Million Scheme. Operation also uncovers sophisticated livestream manipulation and ML scheme…

US DoJ convicts Javier Aguilar, former oil and gas trader, of FCPA violations and money laundering

A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted an oil and gas trader for his role in a scheme to bribe Ecuadorean and Mexican government officials and to launder money to secure contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars for his then-employer, Vitol Inc. (Vitol), the U.S. affiliate of the largest independent energy trading firm in the world…

Transparency International surveys open data for political integrity in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Underscores how open data can be used to uphold political integrity in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, focusing on three key areas: political financing, law-making and resource allocation

Basel Institute publishes key takeaways from the first Asia-Pacific Anti-Corruption Collective Action Forum

The Forum provided a platform to share good practices in multi-stakeholder approaches for strengthening business integrity in the region. The primary goal was to build mutual trust between stakeholders, which is necessary for Collective Action. It aimed to establish a regional community of practice that can assist companies in enhancing their compliance frameworks and addressing specific corruption…

OCCRP reports on case being brought against fruit exporter, Del Monte, by Kenyans

Covers the disappearance and deaths of four people over the Christmas period on Del Monte land, who allegedly has been there to steal pineapples.

Mozambique’s Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption has opened two investigations into possible criminal activities concerned with the management of Mozambique Airlines

One investigation concerns “the management of the fleet, notably the purchase of aircraft, their hire, and the indebtedness of the company to acquire new equipment, maintenance operations, as well as the contracting of suppliers, the legitimacy of the invoices paid, and the sale of the company’s social assets’. The other relates to the acquisition of air tickets at LAM shops, but using POS (point of sale) machines owned by third parties…


EU Parliament publishes report on combating corruption, replacing Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA and the Convention on the fight against corruption involving EU officials

This legislative proposal will update the EU legislative framework, including by incorporating international standards binding on the EU, such as those in the UNCAC. The aim is to ensure that all forms of corruption are criminalised in all Member States, that legal persons may also be held responsible for such offences, and that offences incur effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties.

SFO raids three properties and makes four arrests in new £140m property fraud investigation

Arrests announced in Merseyside and Greater Manchester amid investigation of Signature Group, a business that attracted over a thousand UK and international investors in the redevelopment of iconic landmarks including Belfast’s Scottish Mutual Building and the Coal Exchange in Cardiff into luxury hotels, residential apartments and office spaces.

The George Bush Institute publishes the steps the US is taking to tackle corruption in 2024

The US has launched new anti-money laundering policies in an effort to prevent illicit and corrupt finances or dirty money and illegal activity or dealings from entering the American economy. The new measures are vital to ensure that law enforcement, the private sector, and national security agencies are given the necessary information and resources to block existing loopholes that nefarious actors exploit to access the U.S. financial system…


US Congress expands US DoJ’s authority to pursue corrupt non-US government officials

FEPA reinforces the Biden Administration’s policy emphasis on tackling corruption as part of the broader US national security strategy. It also aligns US law with international anti-corruption conventions which frequently encourage state parties to address both sides of bribery through their national legislation…

RUSI welcomes Nick Ephgrave for his first public speech as SFO Director, where he offered insights into several challenges facing the organisation

The audience included representatives from the media, the UK criminal justice sector and law enforcement partners at RUSI. He mentioned that under his leadership, the SFO will play a greater role in the national effort to tackle fraud. SFO is also looking at ways in which it can support the Government’s Fraud Strategy…