Federal prosecutions of importers for fraud increased by 900 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to a study in the Oregon Review of International Law. But the government has barely scratched the surface of criminal activity that has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue and endangered the health of Americans, say the authors.
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a long road ahead to dismantle corrupt politics and end rampant violence in Mexico, according to experts. “I think the biggest hurdle is that corruption is everywhere and the biggest challenge is where do you start?” David Shirk, an expert on security in Mexico, told The Crime Report.
Rafael Marquez, the captain of Mexico’s World Cup soccer team, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last year for allegedly laundering cash for a powerful Mexican drug trafficker. Should he be representing his country?
Organized crime has developed one of the region’s most prolific drug pipelines into the Dominican Republic, exploiting the growing political instability in Venezuela, according to an InSight Crime investigation.
A report by the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an international investigation of two massacres committed by drug gangs in the Mexican state of Coahuila on the U.S. border that left 450 people dead. The incidents illustrate what researchers say is a nationwide pattern of collusion between narco-cartels and corrupt authorities that has turned the U.S. closest southern neighbor into a killing ground.
While doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, criminal organizations have been capitalizing on the nation’s rising opioid dependency by producing and distributing an abundant supply of illicit and lethal drugs, says a new study by the American Action Forum.
Roman Valeryevich Seleznev (alias “Track2,” “Bulba” and “Ncux”) was sentenced by federal judges in the Northern District of Georgia and in the District of Nevada for his role in an online marketplace that traded in identity theft and credit card fraud. He pled guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Fake medications have grown to a $431 billion market since 2000, affecting nearly two billion people worldwide, but governments have failed to address the dangers they pose to unwitting patients, according to a report in the Review of Business & Finance Studies.
A whistleblower’s unsuccessful attempts to prod an investigation of defective airline parts manufactured in China underlines charges by senior aviation specialists that federal air safety authorities and law enforcement are failing when it comes to tackling an emerging global threat from counterfeiters, according to a Crime Report investigation.