Drug Trafficking by Security Personnel in the Dominican Republic

According to a report by the Associated Press, over 200 military officers, soliders and police offers in the Dominican Republic have been accused of trafficking illegal drugs between 2009 and 2013. (More police corruption stats.) Source:  Associated Press, “Dominican officials say intelligence agent among 7 arrested in drug-trafficking case,” Washington Post, April 15, 2013.

Suspicious Financial Transactions in Costa Rica in 2012

Regulators in Costa Rica received 302 reports of suspicious financial transactions in 2012, according to the Money Laundering Unit of the Judicial Investigation Organization. As of April 2013, the unit was in the process of actively investigating 16 major cases of money laundering involving casinos, sportsbooks and small-scale businesses such as carwashes. (Illegal gambling statistics.) Authorities believe… Continue reading Suspicious Financial Transactions in Costa Rica in 2012

Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

In the first three months of 2013, there were 66 reported attacks by sea pirates around the world. The number of attacks in the first quarter of 2013 was down 35 percent from the 102 attacks during the first quarter of 2012. Between January to March 2013, there were 5 attacks in Somalia, down from… Continue reading Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

Estimated Black Market Economy in Ireland

The Small Firms Association, a small business advocacy organization in Ireland, illicit economic activity in Ireland costs the government up to $7.8 Billion (6 Billion Euros) a year. The amount of black market activity takes up to 16 percent of the country’s GDP. Source:  “Black market ‘needs action’,” Irish Examiner, April 15, 2013.

Fake Goods Seized in Chicago in FY 2012

Officers with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized over 100,000 counterfeit merchandise products in the city of Chicago during Fiscal Year 2012. The retail value of the counterfeit products was worth over $5 Million. In on raid alone, agents seized 12 vans filled with fake handbags with brand names of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, and… Continue reading Fake Goods Seized in Chicago in FY 2012

Revenue Generated From Fake Twitter Accounts

Online security researchers estimate that the market for fake Twitter accounts generates between $40 million to $360 million per year. According to one study, the average price for a Twitter user to purchase 1,000 fake followers is $18. The fake followers are generally sold in batches of 1,000 to 1 million. Some sellers of fake… Continue reading Revenue Generated From Fake Twitter Accounts

Number of Kidnappings in Venezuela in 2012

Between 625 to 1,970 kidnappings took place in Venezuela in 2012, according to risk consultancy group Control Risks. The criminal justice system of Venezuela does not keep official statistics on the number of kidnappings, but did report that security officials facilitated the safe return of 413 hostages in 2012. (All threats and intelligence from kidnap… Continue reading Number of Kidnappings in Venezuela in 2012

Amount of Money Bet at Legendz

The United States Department of Justice filed criminal charges against the operators of internet gambling website Legendz. According to the grand jury indictment, the website accepted over $1 Billion in illegal bets placed mainly by customers in the United States. (More information about online gambling.) Source:  Andrew Harris, “Legendz Online Gambling Probe Produces Charges Against… Continue reading Amount of Money Bet at Legendz

Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Sea piracy off the coast of Somalia was estimated to have cost the global economy between $5.7 Billion to $6.1 Billion in 2012. The total economic costs were 12.5 percent lower than 2011. A portion of the decrease was attributed to the increased security presence in the area. The costs to arm guards travelling on ships increased… Continue reading Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Profits From Smuggling Cigarettes From North Korea Into China

Smugglers from North Korea are smuggling boxes full cigarettes into China and earning up to $8 per box. Each box consists of 500 cigarettes produced in North Korea. One smuggler told a reporter that he is able to make up to $8 per box when sold illegally on the black market in China. China has… Continue reading Profits From Smuggling Cigarettes From North Korea Into China