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Sweden: Swedbank releases external money laundering investigation

22.3.2019
The bank Swedbank has released the awaited external investigation by Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) into alleged money laundering through the bank. FRA specifically looked at 50 Swedbank customers...

UK: National Food Crime Unit to tackle food fraud

22.3.2019
The UK's National Food Crime Unit wants companies committing food fraud to face criminal prosecution. Only a small number currently face prosecution each year, despite research from NFU Mutual...

Sweden: Di reports that head of aml at Swedbank has resigned

22.3.2019
Swedish financial newspaper Dagens industri (Di) reports that several sources from within the Swedish bank Swedbank have indicated that Liselott Alström, head of group aml (anti money laundering)...

Sweden: FRA was not given access to leaked Swedbank report

22.3.2019
In its external investigation of money laundering through Swedbank, Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) was not given access to a leaked internal report suggesting up to SEK 80bn (EUR 7.65bn USD 8.83bn) in...

Latvia: Ditton Pievadkezu Rupnica denies involvement in fraud case

21.3.2019
The Latvian driving chain factory, Ditton Pievadkezu Rupnica (DPR), denied any involvement in possible fraud of EU funds for a project implemented in 2009-2011. DPR said the company had no relation...

Spain: Sa Nostra again under spotlight for suspected corruption

21.3.2019
A judge has imposed a new economic sanction on Sa Nostra for diverting funds from a loan for a luxury hotel, while the Prosecutor's Office is asking for a four-year jail term for a former manager and...

UK: BRC report highlights attacks on retail employees

21.3.2019
The annual Retail Crime Survey published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) shows that every day some 115 shop employees are attacked at work. The report shows weapons are involved in both low...

Netherlands: Triodos Bank must take more measures against fraud and terrorism

21.3.2019
Dutch ethical bank Triodos Bank has been warned by the Dutch central bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) that it does not take enough measures to avoid fraud and to screen customers regarding terrorism...

UK: Figures reveal increase in bank payment scams

21.3.2019
Figures show that more than 84,000 bank customers were tricked into transferring money out of their personal accounts by scammers in 2018. A total of GBP 135mn (EUR 153.40mn USD 176.93mn) was lost...

Sweden: Ica store risks fine if safety issues are not fixed

21.3.2019
An Ica grocery store in Mölndal risks a fine of SEK 100,000 (EUR 9,566.11 USD 11,033.86) if it doesn't replace a faulty walk-in freezer by 30 April. The store has said it will replace the freezer...

Sweden: Mining opponents organise in Dalsland against Odin Metals

21.3.2019
Opponents towards mining operations in the Dalsland region formed the Gruvkampen Dalsland association to stop foreign mining operations in the region. The association has grown quickly, and two...

France: Orange CEO to challenge charges in Tapie fraud trial

20.3.2019
Before the start of the trial of French businessman Bernard Tapie for fraud and the embezzlement of public funds on 11 March 2019, the CEO of telecoms firm Orange, Stéphane Richard, decided to...

Lithuania: Panevezys mayor suspected of corruption, abuse of office

20.3.2019
The prosecutor's office in the Lithuanian city of Panevezys has completed a pretrial investigation into corruption by local officials. The prosecutor's office declared three persons, including the...

Latvia: Latvian Investment & Development Agency denies involvement in fraud

20.3.2019
The director of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA), Andris Ozols, has denied Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro's claim that the agency was involved in defrauding EU funds, LETA...

Denmark: 1,645 money laundering alerts at Københavns Andelskasse in 2018

20.3.2019
According to newspaper Børsen, 183 foreign customers from 31 different countries caused a total of 1,645 money laundering alerts at Danish bank Københavns Andelskasse in 2018. None of the customers...

UK: Fraudulent insurance claims up 27% in 2018

20.3.2019
The number of fraudulent insurance claims rose by 27% year-on-year in 2018, according to Cifas. The fraud prevention body said the east of England saw an increase of 48%, while Wales posted a 24%...

Germany: Munich prosecutor sees no reason to investigate Wirecard

20.3.2019
The public prosecutor in Munich, Germany, has said that it sees no reason to investigate financial company Wirecard even though prosecutors in Singapore have found possible evidence of wrongdoing in...

UK: Hajveri Foundation foundations trustees banned by Charity Commission

20.3.2019
The UK's Charity Commission has removed and disqualified the two founding trustees of The Hajveri Foundation after discovering that they transferred personal mortgage liabilities over to the charity....

Belgium: Liege court suspends order to seize Jost trucks

20.3.2019
The court of first instance in Liege, Belgium, has suspended the order to seize 346 trucks belonging to Luxembourg-headquartered logistics company Jost. The suspension lasts until a verdict is...

Europe: EUR 1.49bn antitrust fine charged on Google over AdSense product

20.3.2019
A penalty of EUR 1.49bn (USD 1.72bn) has been charged by the European Union (EU) on US-based Google for violating antitrust rules, exploiting its dominance and preventing competitive behaviours. The...

UK: Gig economy engineer loses holiday pay claim against Pimlico Plumbers

20.3.2019
A heating engineer recently won his legal claim against Pimlico Plumbers, with the supreme court ruling that he should be classed as an employee rather than self-employed. However, an employment...

UK: ASA reprimands Carphone Warehouse advert

20.3.2019
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reprimanded Carphone Warehouse after it failed to fulfil orders from customers who clicked on an online advert for an iPhone XR. The advert appeared on...

Russia: FTS suspects NOVATEK-Ust-Luga of committing tax offense

19.3.2019
The FTS is suspecting NOVATEK-Ust-Luga of committing a tax offense. The Agency believes that the plant overestimated the cost of its buildings depreciation (RUB 20mn for two years) and wrongfully...

Latvia: PM Karins sets up working group to prepare Moneyval report

19.3.2019
Latvia's Prime Minister, Krisjanis Karins, has set up a working group to prepare a report on the implementation of recommendations from the Council of Europe's Moneyval committee on anti-money...

Latvia: Financial regulator vows to implement Moneyval recommendations

19.3.2019
Latvia's Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) would implement all recommendations of the Council of Europe's Moneyval committee on anti-money laundering measures, FKTK chairman Peters...

Russia: Court supports Volgofarm in dispute with Volgograd FAS

19.3.2019
The commercial court of the Volgograd region (South) has supported Volgofarm in a dispute with the Volgograd FAS office and canceled a fine imposed on the company for distributing of unfair pharmacy...

Russia: Measures on enhancing fish products market

18.3.2019
Rosrybolovstvo negatively assesses the situation in the Russian market for fish products. According to VCIOM, which refers to the Agency, 48% of Russians are dissatisfied with fish and caviar sold in...

Germany: Rossmann settles dispute with confectionery makers

15.3.2019
The German drugstore chain Rossmann has withdrawn its claim for damages of EUR 7mn (USD 8.07mn) against Mars, Storck, Katjes and Haribo and other sweet manufacturing companies which were accused of...

Germany: ATU suing former CEO

13.3.2019
It is being reported that German car repair chain ATU Auto-Teile-Unger (ATU) is suing its former CEO Manfred Ries for damages of just over EUR 5mn (USD 5.77mn). It is thought that it concerns lost...

Slovakia: Review of insurance fraud in 2018

5.3.2019
In 2019 Slovakia-based insurer Allianz-Slovenska Poistovna unveiled insurance fraud worth EUR 6.30mn (USD 7.27mn), up from EUR 4.3mn in 2017. The most dominant were fraud cases within industry...