Prices Charged by an Italian Mafia Hitman

A hitman for the Italian Mafia told explained to police how much he was paid for committing a murder on behalf of organized crime. According to press reports, the man told police he would charge $3,700 to kneecap a person. In two of the murders that he confessed to, the hitman stated that he was… Continue reading Prices Charged by an Italian Mafia Hitman

Money Laundering Statistics from Singapore in 2013

The agency responsible for anti-money laundering campaigns in Singapore reported an increase in cases during 2013. According to the Commercial Affairs Department, the agency received 22,417 suspicious transaction reports during the 2013 year, and increase of 25 percent from the previous year. In 341 instances, the agency provided intelligence to foreign agencies, up from the… Continue reading Money Laundering Statistics from Singapore in 2013

Cost of a Contract Killing in Monaco

A man in Monaco paid a pair of hitmen over $330,000 (€250,000) in cash and gifts to kill his mother-in-law. Wojciech Janowski previously serviced as Poland’s honorary counsel in Monaco and was married to the daughter of a heiress. In an attempt to gain access to the wealth of the mother-in-law, Janowski paid $272,000 (€200,000)… Continue reading Cost of a Contract Killing in Monaco

Illegal Charcoal Smuggling and Revenue in Africa

According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol, black market smuggling of charcoal across Africa causes losses up to $9 Billion a year across the continent, with governments losing at least $1.9 Billion in tax revenue. The value of the illegal charcoal trade in Africa is reportedly three times the amount… Continue reading Illegal Charcoal Smuggling and Revenue in Africa

Cost per hit of Death Squads in the Philippines

In a report by Human Rights Watch, a death squad organized on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines were reportedly being paid $110 per killing of drug dealers, thieves and even children. The death squad was reportedly organized by the may of Tagum City, who paid the hit men a monthly salary of… Continue reading Cost per hit of Death Squads in the Philippines

Mob Killings and Assassinations in Israel

Criminal justice agencies in Israel are reporting a rise in advanced explosive attacks being carried out by organized crime groups. The groups are conducting assassinations and attacks with the use of explosives and other materials stolen from security forces. All men in Israel must serve in the military. Thus, organized crime members are well versed… Continue reading Mob Killings and Assassinations in Israel

ISIS Extort Money in Northern Iraq

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that is fighting in Syria is estimated to be collecting over $1 Million a month from extortion rackets in Northern Iraq. According to intelligence from security agencies, the group has expanded on collecting payments from businesses and shop owners since late 2012 and into 2013. The… Continue reading ISIS Extort Money in Northern Iraq

Impact of Cybercrime in Ireland

According to a report by Grant Thornton, cybercrime activities costs the economy of Ireland up to $822 Million (€600 Million) per year. The number of security data breaches reported in 2012 increased by 32 percent when compared to the previous year. Officials with the Data Protection Commissioner state that the number of data breaches reported… Continue reading Impact of Cybercrime in Ireland

Extortion Cases in Mexico

In 2013, there were 8,042 reported extortion cases in Mexico, according to statistics released by the Federal Government. The number of extortion cases reported was higher than the 7,272 extortion cases reported in Mexico in 2012. In the State of Mexico, 1,688 extortion cases were reported in 2013, a 58 percent increase in the number… Continue reading Extortion Cases in Mexico

Number of Yakuza Members in Japan in 2013

The National Police Agency in Japan reported that the number of members in Japanese organized crime groups totaled 58,600 in 2013. The number of Yakuza members in 2013 was lower than the 63,200 reported in 2012. This is the first time on record that the number of Yakuza members across the country was below 60,000.… Continue reading Number of Yakuza Members in Japan in 2013