Elites in Honduras, not just gangs, the target of latest US money laundering indictment
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Elites in Honduras, not just gangs, the target of latest US money laundering indictment

Zach Dyer - October 13, 2015

A money laundering indictment by the U.S. government last week against one of the most powerful families in Honduras has rattled elites in Central America used to…

Honduras shutters bank linked to drug trafficking
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Honduras shutters bank linked to drug trafficking

The Tico Times - October 12, 2015

The Honduran government said it would guarantee deposits up to $9,000 for the 220,000 customers of the country’s Banco Continental, which is being shuttered because its owners…

Honduran football and banking magnates indicted on money laundering charges in US
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Honduran football and banking magnates indicted on money laundering charges in US

Diego Urdaneta | AFP and The Tico Times - October 8, 2015

The president of a champion Honduran football club whose home stadium bears his name has been indicted in the U.S. on money laundering charges linked to drug…

Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing
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Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

George Rodriguez - July 11, 2015

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed on Friday a presidential decree authorizing the National Strategy to Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The strategy was presented Thursday by his administration during…

Costa Rica presents new anti-money laundering strategy
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Costa Rica presents new anti-money laundering strategy

George Rodriguez - July 10, 2015

Costa Rica’s new strategy against money laundering and terrorism financing sets guidelines for a coordinated, public-private effort against both crimes, high government officials said this week. The strategy…

Costa Rica police nab tourists with more than $200,000 at Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Costa Rica police nab tourists with more than $200,000 at Juan Santamaría International Airport

Zach Dyer - June 15, 2015

Police confiscated more than $200,000 in cash at Juan Santamaría International Airport over the weekend from two Mexican tourists, according to a statement from the Public Security…

US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud
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US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud

Zach Dyer - June 1, 2015

What if I told you that you have won $450,000? The only thing you need to do to claim your prize is pay this insurance fee... Call…

Police uncover $352,000 in cash hidden in bus at Panama border
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Police uncover $352,000 in cash hidden in bus at Panama border

Zach Dyer - February 21, 2015

Border police discovered a cardboard box hidden behind the front dual-wheels of a bus at a customs stop in Corredores, along Costa Rica’s southern border. Inside the box officers…

Costa Rican police arrest 8 in international money laundering, drug-running investigation
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Costa Rican police arrest 8 in international money laundering, drug-running investigation

Zach Dyer - February 11, 2015

Costa Rica's Drug Control Police (PCD) on Wednesday morning raided 11 locations across the Central Valley and arrested eight suspects believed to belong to an international drug trafficking…

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Leaked bank files show HSBC ‘helped clients dodge taxes’

AFP - February 9, 2015

A cache of secret bank files shows that HSBC's Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers avoid taxes and hide millions of dollars, according to a report by…