News about the shadow economy and economic crime

Denmark: Government to tighten control of the sale of cigarettes

10/28/2020
The Danish government states in a press release that it will tighten its control of the sale of cigarette as cigarettes are still being sold at the "old" cheaper price despite the fact that the tax...

Denmark: Arbejdernes Landsbank violated laws when trying to get rid of Clearhaus

10/28/2020
The Danish Competition Appeals Board (Konkurrenceankenævnet) has confirmed two rulings against Danish bank Arbejdernes Landsbank. The rulings, which stemmed from decisions made by the Danish...

UK: ASA bans Gala Spins advert

10/28/2020
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a gambling advert for Gala Spins, part of GVC. The video advert, which featured five toy animals, has been branded irresponsible as it was likely...

Lithuania: Customs seizes contraband medications from Russia

10/27/2020
Lithuanian customs officers seized 1,936 packages of contraband medications hidden in a truck that arrived from Russia's Kaliningrad region, BNS reported. The truck's driver told customs officers at...

France: Two French banks sanctioned by Swiss Competition Commission

10/27/2020
The Swiss Competition Commission has sanctioned French banks Crédit Agricole and HSBC France as part of an amicable agreement that aims to end an investigation opened in 2012 into euro interest rate...

Denmark: Record number of money laundering reports from banks

10/27/2020
Danish authorities have received a record high number of reports about money laundering from banks so far in 2020. This is shows by statistics from the Money Laundering Secretariat under the State...

Denmark: Police finds 1.2 mn smuggled cigarettes

10/27/2020
The Danish police last week found 1,240,000 smuggled cigarettes and DKK 1.10mn (EUR 147,326.11 USD 169,930.75) in cash at an address near Brønderslev, Denmark. The cigarettes are believed to have...

UK: Uninsured drivers in focus at South Yorkshire Police

10/27/2020
South Yorkshire Police have launched a clampdown targeting uninsured drivers. The force said it would be stepping up its enforcement this week, including patrols. The clampdown follows the police...

UK: Defunct law firm sued by 24 insurers

10/27/2020
A group of 24 insurers has sued defunct law firm Richmond Law. The law firm ceased trading in summer 2020 after Santander launched a fraud lawsuit. The insurers, including the likes of Aviva, Hiscox...

Belgium: Immoscoop found guilty of competition violations

10/27/2020
Belgian real estate portal Immoweb has won a case against its competitor Immoscoop at the Antwerp Court of Appeal. It initially brought a case before the courts in 2019 regarding Immoscoop's...

Italy: Shopping centres in Lombardy protest against imposed weekend closure

10/27/2020
Davide Lardera, CEO of the Italian shopping centre Scalo Milano, has coordinated an appeal with the regional court TAR Lombardia against the latest provision of the regional government of Lombardy...

UK: Legal victory for Christ Church Dean in longstanding College dispute

10/27/2020
A legal victory has been won by the Dean of Christ Church in a longstanding dispute with fellow Oxford dons. The Very Rev Martyn Percy is bringing a claim for religious and disability discrimination...

Hungary: NAV impounds fake-branded perfumes

10/27/2020
The Hungarian tax and customs authority Nemzeti Ado- es Vamhivatal (NAV) has impounded more than 7,000 bottles of fake-branded Gucci, Dior, Yvest Saint Laurent, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Giorgio Armani,...

Russia: Unipharm fined RUB 200,000 for Detrimax Baby advertising

10/27/2020
The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) has fined Unipharm company for violating the law on advertising after reviewing the complaint of the Akrikhin company. The Unipharm company...

Denmark: Ferm Living loses court case against Coop

10/27/2020
Danish supermarket chain Coop has won a court case against design company Ferm Living that claimed Coop had sold a copy of its Plant Box. Ferm Living wanted Coop and Wolly & Co, whose plant box...

Latvia: Tet Board Chairman Juris Gulbis charged with fraud

10/26/2020
The Latvian Prosecutor's Office has charged Juris Gulbis, board chairman of the Latvian telecommunications group, Tet, and four other persons with fraud regarding the introduction of digital...

Austria: Fraud in construction of Semmering Base Tunnel

10/26/2020
Fraud amounting to millions is believed to have taken place during the construction of the Semmering Base Tunnel. Building materials worth over EUR 2mn are said to have been diverted from a...

UK/Netherlands: Former drivers use Uber over 'robo firings'

10/26/2020
A group of former Uber drivers in the UK have taken the taxi app company to court in the Netherlands over its use of algorithms to dismiss them. The drivers claim the algorithm caused them to be...

Russia: Ural factory to pay RUB 50,000 of penalty

10/26/2020
The Ural creamery (the Chelyabinsk region, Urals) will pay a fine of RUB 50,000 (EUR 650.77 USD 750.62) for falsifying milk powder using vegetable fats. The corresponding decision was made by the...

Finland: Oatly launches marketing campaign criticising cow's milk

10/26/2020
Swedish oat-based drinks producer Oatly criticises the consumption of cow's milk in Finland through its Milk Myths marketing campaign. According to the company, the intention of the campaign is not...

France: Lactalis suspected of tax evasion

10/23/2020
According to investigative media Disclose, French dairy group Lactalis used a shell company called Nethuns and based in Luxembourg to dissimulate profits of its British and Spanish subsidiaries and...

Lithuania: Local councillor charged with embezzlement, bankruptcy fraud

10/23/2020
The former deputy speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, the Seimas, Kestas Komskis, has been charged with embezzlement and intentional bankruptcy. Mr Komskis, who is council member in the town of...

UK: NAO highlights job retention scheme fraud

10/23/2020
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials have told the National Audit Office (NAO) that an estimated 5% to 10% of government job retention scheme payments of GBP 39bn (EUR 44.31bn USD 51.11bn) between...

Germany: First trial in Warburg cum-ex tax evasion case to start shortly

10/23/2020
The Bonn Regional Court has admitted the first indictment of serious tax evasion against four incumbent and former managers of the Hamburg-based private bank M. M. Warburg in the cum-ex case to the...

Denmark: Main suspect in DKK 12bn dividend-tax fraud ready to face charges

10/23/2020
Sanjay Shah, a former trader and hedge-fund manager accused by Denmark of orchestrating a dividend-tax fraud that cost the Danish state more than DKK 12.30bn, says in an interview with Danish...

UK: Sellafield to be prosecuted for failure to ensure worker safety

10/23/2020
The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has said that nuclear engineering management firm Sellafield will be prosecuted after an employees was injured when working on high-voltage electrical...

Netherlands: FNV wins court case against Veka

10/23/2020
Dutch ship wharf Veka has been found guilty of underpaying tens of Romanian employees, according to the court in Leeuwarden. Veka does not have to make extra payments to the employees hired through...

Russia: Share of illegal tobacco goods in Petersburg reaches 11%

10/23/2020
As estimated by Evotor, the share of illegal tobacco products in St. Petersburg in September 2020 nearly doubled YoY to 11%. Belarus and Kazakhstan account for the bulk of illegal tobacco goods (more...

Netherlands: FNV and CNV take legal action against Temper

10/22/2020
Dutch trade union CNV and FNV will take legal action against the employment agency Temper. The unions state they are done negotiating with Temper about adhering to the collective labour agreement....

France: Appeals court rules in favour of Renault management on Sandouville case

10/22/2020
Car manufacturer Renault has won its appeal against the 7 May 2020 ruling by the Le Havre court in favour of trade union CGT and members of the social and economic committee for its site in...