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  • Stealing Paradise

    Al Jazeera exposes a $1.5bn money-laundering plot, bribery, theft and fraud in paradise. President Abdulla Yameen is accused of receiving cash in bags filled with up to $1m, so much that it was "difficult to carry", according to one of the men who delivered the money. The story is told through data obtained from three of the vice president's smartphones and hundreds of confidential documents. It also features secretly recorded confessions of three men who embezzled millions and delivered the stolen cash on the orders of the president and his deputy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15N9K3wXh0Y http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/stealing-paradise/
  • The Shadow Economy

    This series of investigations into the Baltimore crime scene was inspired by the public interest in the HBO show The Wire, a show highlighting Baltimore crime. The paper uncovers the shadow economy in which launderers and drug dealers meet and develop political connections to stay in business
  • Human Smuggling

    The Arizona Republic tackles the issue and the "big business" of human smuggling. This investigation "shows how coyote rings operate not just by guiding illegal immigrants across the U.S. border, but by engaging in money-laundering, bribery, forgery and other crimes." Wire transfer companies including Western Union were funneling money to these Arizona-based criminals.
  • Tobacco Multinationals Implicated in Cigarette Smuggling

    "This two-part series reveals for the first time that the world's major tobacco multinationals have been involved for decades in smuggling their own cigarettes globally -- a process that allows the companies to evade billions of dollars in national taxes and one that has implicated them in money-laundering schemes.
  • Tax-sale tactics get hard look

    "This story revealed how a former drug accountant for the Medellin Cartel, who had gone into the witness-protection program, was using money-laundering tactics to swindle poor homeowners out of their properties."
  • The Dirtiest Bank In the World

    Forbes Magazine investigates corruption inside one of the world's premier banks, Credit Lyonnais. This investigation details how the bank lost at least $20 billion in reckless and corrupt investments.
  • The Citi That Slept?

    In the early 1990s, Citibank helped Raul Salinas, brother of the former president of Mexico, move more than $90 million out of Mexico to Swiss bank accounts. Business Week investigated and found that Citibank has performed similar services for wealthy clients around the world. The bank appears to avoid the spirit of the money-laundering laws in an effort to boost profits.
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    Grigori Loutchansky may be the world's most investigated man because of his close ties-and suspicious deals-in the former Soviet Union. Time magazine investigates allegations against a former Latvian economics professor and Nordex, his Viennese company suspected of running organized crime in the former Soviet Union and around the world. Nordex is suspected of involvement in both money-laundering and other criminal activities.
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    Five nights a week, at least $100 million in crisp new $100 bills is flown from JFK nonstop to Moscow, where it is used to finance the Russian mob's vast and growing international crime syndicate. State and federal officials believe it is part of a multi-billion-dollar money-laundering operation. New York magazine investigates how the Republic National Bank and the United States Federal Reserve prefer to ignore the problem because they a make millions off the currency sales to Russian mobsters. (Jan. 12, 1996)
  • The Medellin Cartel: America's cocaine connection

    The Miami Herald runs a six-part series on the Medellin Cartel's cocaine operations in the United States. The cartel now controls more than half the cocaine smuggled into the U.S. through transportation routes and distribution networks. The Herald found that 42 of the biggest cocaine and money-laundering cases from around the country have links to the cartel.