Law firm COO gets 10 year sentence for money laundering in Ponzi scheme

Tweet Debra Villegas, former chief operating officer of the now-defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm run by Scott Rothstein, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 10 years and ordered to pay US$363 million in restitution today in Florida. Villegas forged signatures on fabricated legal settlements that were sold to wealthy investors. Earlier this year, […]

3 arrested in US$9 million real estate fraud in San Francisco

Tweet Three men were arrested and charged in connection with real estate fraud and money laundering in San Francisco for allegedly forging real estate deeds to three luxury condominium at One Rincon Hill worth about US$7.5 million to gain legal control of the condominiums to borrow US$2.2 million against the properties. Melvin Emerich, Kaushal Niroula and Jay […]

Money laundering trial opens in Spain

Tweet Spain’s largest money laundering trial, dubbed the “ballena blanca” (white whale) case, started in Malaga, Spain today. Fernando del Valle, a Chilean-born lawyer, and 18 others are on trial charged with money laundering, forgery, false testimony and crimes against the Spanish Treasury for laundering over 12 million euros from drug trafficking, prostitution, and tax […]