Co-founder of infrastructure fund allegedly under investigation for money laundering

Kola Aluko, a Nigerian energy mogul, is allegedly under investigation for money laundering in Nigeria. Among other things, Aluko is one of the founders of Made in Africa (MiAF), a foundation for infrastructure projects across Africa which, in 2013, joined the African Development to launch the Africa50 Fund on NASDAQ, Africa’s largest infrastructure investment vehicle. It seems [...]

Equatorial Guinea Vice President charged with money laundering

The Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Obiang, has been charged with money laundering in a multinational corruption case in which it is alleged that he illegally moved state assets to other countries, including France. His lawyer in France, Olivier Metzner, was found dead last year floating in the sea near Boëdic island in Gulf of Morbihan. [...]

Germany state-owned bank and several corporate offices raided over wind energy investigation into alleged mafia money laundering

The EU investigation into the use of wind farms to launder proceeds of crime widened today with several police raids in Austria and Germany, including a raid on the offices of the state-owned bank, HSH Nordbank. The Nordbank financed several wind farms, including one in Calabria, Italy, alleged to have been erected and operated as a [...]

Greek shipowner Victor Restis arrested on money laundering charges

Shipowner Arrested & Detained Greek shipowner and businessman, Victor Restis, was arrested on money laundering charges in Athens in connection with loans he is alleged to have been involved with totalling  €5.8 million. Mr. Restis was incarcerated because of fears that he is a flight risk. He is a director or officer and shareholder of several [...]

“The Windfather” – Another report finds wind and renewable energy projects controlled by organized crime to launder money

Europol report ties mafia to renewable energy This week, Europol released yet another report tying the financing, development and operation of renewable energy projects, particularly wind energy infrastructure projects, to organized crime in Europe. The latest Europol report follows on the heels of an earlier one, the “Serious & Organized Crime Threat Assessment 2013″, which [...]