OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – JANUARY 4

4th January 2020

 EGYPT ARRESTS TAX AUTHORITY CHIEF ON CHARGES OF RECEIVING BRIBES

On 4 January, Reuters reported that the head of Egypt’s tax authority, Abdul Azim Hussein, has been arrested on charges of receiving bribes.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-corruption/egypt-arrests-tax-authority-chief-on-charges-of-receiving-bribes-idUKKBN1Z3083?rpc=401&

US FDA BANS FLAVOURED E-CIGARETTES

On 3 January, TJI reported that the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on most flavoured vaping products with the exception of tobacco and menthol, according to CNBC.  The new ruling does not apply to flavoured products for open tank systems that are usually sold at vape shops and are not as popular amongst youths and rival pod systems.

http://www.tobaccojournal.com/FDA_bans_flavoured_e-cigs.55622.0.html

THE “SWEDISH MAFIA”, THE MALMO AND COSTA DRUG TRADE AND KILLING OF A REALITY STAR IN LONDON

On 4 January, the Liverpool Echo carried an article saying that Flamur Beqiri, 36, brother of Real Housewives of Cheshire star Misse Beqiri, was killed by a hitman outside his £1.7 million home in London, on Christmas Eve.  Investigations are linking it to an organised crime group in Malmo – and a battle over the Costa del Sol cocaine trade.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/swedish-mafia-gang-war-linked-17511980

GREECE, CYPRUS, ISRAEL SIGN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN GAS PIPELINE DEAL TO EASE RELIANCE ON RUSSIA

On 3 January, Rferl reported that Greece, Cyprus, and Israel have signed an agreement to construct 1,900 km undersea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe and potentially help the continent reduce its dependency on Russia for energy supplies.  They will next put the project out for bids from private investors for financing, and aim to have the pipeline completed by 2025.

https://www.rferl.org/a/greece-cyprus-israel-eastmed-gas-pipeline-russia-ukraine/30358166.html

BELFAST ACCOUNTANT JAILED OVER £1 MILLION CARE HOME FRAUD

On 4 January, the BBC reported that Michael Kinder, 52, a Belfast accountant who defrauded a care home of more than £1 million has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-50984716

CARLOS GHOSN SHARED SECRETIVE ESCAPE FLIGHT FROM JAPAN WITH A PAIR OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE BACKGROUNDS IN THE PRIVATE SECURITY BUSINESS

On 4 January, BNN Bloomberg reported that one was a former special forces Green Beret who has extensive experience in extracting hostages but also went to jail for fraud.  Ghosn, 65, and the 2 Americans are believed to have left Japan aboard a charter jet that was operated by Turkey’s MNG Holding.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/ghosn-s-companions-on-escape-included-green-beret-with-rap-sheet-1.1369146

LONGFIN CORPORATION CEO VENKATA S MEENAVALLI SETTLES FRAUD CASE WITH SEC

A release on Mondo Visione on 3 January reported that Longfin CEO Venkata S. Meenavalli has agreed to pay $400,000 in disgorgement and penalties to resolve the SEC’s fraud action against him – this being subject to court approval – in a case involving alleged $26 million in ill-gotten gains. The SEC intends to establish a Fair Fund to distribute money received from the defendants to harmed investors.

https://mondovisione.com/media-and-resources/news/longfin-ceo-settles-fraud-action/

 

 

UK GAMBLING OPERATORS FACING PUBLIC RELATIONS CRISIS OVER VIP CUSTOMER ACTIVITY

On 3 January, Calvin Ayre reported that the Guardian newspaper in the UK claims to have had access to a confidential Gambling Commission report regarding online licensees’ VIP gambling programmes.  The report is said to have analysed data from 9 unidentified betting operators who apparently offer both retail and online betting.  The Guardian is said to have focused on VIPs accounting for a disproportionate amount of gambling account deposits and VIPs being over represented in the ranks of the UK’s problem gamblers.  Of an estimated 47,000 VIP gamblers in the UK about 8% are suspected of being problem gamblers.  The article says that the Commissions is said to be considering several options including a complete ban on running VIP programmes.

https://calvinayre.com/2020/01/03/business/uk-vip-gambling-programs-govt-report/