Category: Corruption

Swiss conviction for former Trafigura executive in Petrobras scandal

Previously convicted in Brazil, Mariano Marcondes Ferraz, a Brazilian businessman who admitted paying bribes to a high-ranking employee of the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras, is now facing criminal sanctions in Switzerland. Gotham City has seen the sentence order for the case, in which the illicit payments were routed through Swiss banks. For a long time, article …

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Swiss investigation targets J. Safra Sarasin bank in Petrobras scandal 

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened proceedings against Basel-based J. Safra Sarasin for “suspicion of internal organisational failures”. The federal investigation of Swiss institutions involved in the Petrobras – Odebrecht corruption scandal, now in its famous “third phase”, has already targeted PKB Privatbank in Lugano. J. Safra Sarasin, controlled by Joseph …

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Geneva probes ENI dealings around Congolese oil licences

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Geneva has opened a money laundering investigation in relation to the activities of Italian group ENI in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). A recent judgement of the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland reveals money belonging to a person under investigation in Italy has been seized in a Swiss bank. Prosecutors in Milan, who are investigating how the …

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Former Morgan Stanley banker receives 30-month prison sentence in Switzerland

A Swiss-based former employee of Morgan Stanley (Schweiz) AG in Zurich has to return to prison for 100 additional days. The man already spent 348 days in pre-trial detention from 2014, before being released on bail of 200,000 francs. The German-Greek citizen, resident of Zurich’s Gold Coast, was sentenced by the Federal Criminal Court on Monday, October 14, to …

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United States follows Swiss trail of bribes paid to Peruvian ex-president

The United States Department of Justice has turned its attention to the financial dealings of Peru’s former president, Alejandro Toledo. Two Swiss banks and a law firm in Zug are allegedly involved with the operation of hidden accounts. Toledo has been pursued by the Peruvian authorities for corruption since 2016. Toledo is suspected in Peru of receiving 20 million …

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ENI/Shell: contents of Geneva suitcase released to Italy and the Netherlands

A breakthrough for the authorities in Milan prosecuting the ENI/Shell case: the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has just authorised the handover to Italy of the contents of a suitcase belonging to Nigerian middleman Emeka Obi. The Netherlands also requested a copy of the documents contained in the suitcase, suggesting that the Dutch authorities are close to making a move against Royal Dutch Shell. Emeka Obi is accused of …

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Austria turns its attention to a Swiss company in Romanian bribery scandal

A new development in the corruption scandal that has shaken Romania involving a contract for the renovation of a section of the Bucharest-Constanta railway line. According to Romanian authorities, it is Austria’s turn to take an interest in the banking records of a Swiss company. The information comes from a ruling by the Federal Criminal Court, dated July 31, …

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Swiss attorney general’s office points Brazil to Marcelo Odebrecht’s brother-in-law

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Brazil announced several raids and arrests on August 21 as part of the 63rd phase of corruption probe Lavo Jato. Among its targets was Mauricio Ferro, former legal director of Braksem oil company and brother-in-law of Marcelo Odebrecht, the man at the centre of one of the biggest corporate corruption …

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Walter Faria snared by his Swiss accounts

Brazil’s Lavo Jato (Operation Car Wash) investigation has claimed another success with the arrest of Walter Faria, CEO of the country’s second largest brewing company, Petropolis Group. Faria is accused of laundering more than 80 million francs for the Odebrecht account between 2006 and 2014 as part of a vast system of corruption orchestrated by the specially created “department of structural …

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Swiss Bombardier accounts targeted by Swedish authorities

Swiss banks have been implicated in the sprawling bribery and money laundering scandal surrounding Canadian manufacturing giant Bombardier and a lucrative contract in Azerbaijan. The banks’ involvement emerged in a Federal Supreme Court judgment dated June 28, 2019. Following a Swedish request for legal assistance, Switzerland agreed to provide bank documents to the Swedish justice authorities linked to four …

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