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Money Laundering Risk Levels in Latin American Countries, Ranked

An annual report by one of the world's leading institutions working against financial crimes ranks countries around the world in terms of their money laundering...
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How Odebrecht Profited From Corrupting LatAm Political Elites

On December 21, 2016, the US Department of Justice and Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht reached a record-setting anti-corruption settlement that...
Honduras business behemoth Yani Rosenthal
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Honduras Tycoon Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in US

One of Honduras' most powerful and politically-connected business tycoons, Yani Rosenthal, has pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge in the United States,...
Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot at the Atlantic Council on July 19, 2017.
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Brazil Chief Prosecutor Applauds Multilateral Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Brazil's chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of international cooperation in ongoing probes of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history. But...
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New Details on MS13 Clique’s Sophistication in San Salvador Center

A case against the MS13 operating in El Salvador's capital city shows how the gang's money laundering side is getting more sophisticated, even as it remains reliant...
Illegal currency operations are reportedly flourishing along the Uruguay-Brazil border
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Illegal Exchange Houses Flourish on Uruguay-Brazil Border

A media report blames lack of government control for Uruguay's extensive illegal currency exchange operations along the border with Brazil, but the country's...
The 2017 NSCR report names Central America as a "main cocaine corridor"
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CentAm Gangs Selling Drug Trafficking Services on Dark Web: UN Official

A UN official stated that Central American gangs are strengthening their ties with transnational drug trafficking groups, in some cases using the dark web, raising...
Banmex, a Citigroup subsidiary, will pay nearly $100 million in forfeiture
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US Bank Admits Criminal Failure to Stop Money Laundering to Mexico

A subsidiary of one of the largest banking corporations in the United States has admitted to engaging in criminal behavior by failing to properly investigate tens...
Haiti Senator-elect Guy Philippe
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Haiti Senator-Elect Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in US

A senator-elect from Haiti pleaded guilty in a US federal court to money laundering charges, raising the question of whether or not he will provide information on...
Chepe Diablo / Photo courtesy of Factum
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El Salvador Vice President Engaged in ‘Money Laundering Methods’: Prosecutors

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who...
José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo"
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El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money with Panama Companies

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," has been accused of laundering money via shell companies in Panama, a reminder of the important role these...
Corrupt officials of Guatemala’s tax administration were allegedly involved in the scheme
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How Guatemala’s Top Metal Company Avoided Millions in Taxes

Guatemala's biggest metallurgic company reportedly set up a complex scheme involving front companies, corrupt officials and fake documentation to evade taxes for...