All About Counterfeit

BRIEF

Peru Criminals Set Up Phony Govt Agency to Receive Bribes

COUNTERFEIT / 1 MAY 2019

A criminal group in Peru built a phony government office to swindle contractors bidding on a public works project. But the scheme only worked because such projects have long been…

ARGENTINA / 23 JUN 2017

Authorities in Argentina successfully interrupted a major extortion ring in the capital Buenos Aires, in an operation that reveals how longstanding police corruption has contributed to illegal activities in…

COUNTERFEIT / 18 NOV 2016

A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country's history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the…

COLOMBIA / 1 FEB 2016

Colombian authorities say the rising value of the US dollar combined with the economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela has increased the profitability of the counterfeit currency trade, shifting the dynamics…

COUNTERFEIT / 19 OCT 2015

Authorities arrested three Peruvians and an Italian they say were involved in fabricating fake dollars and planning to export them to the United States, shining a light on Peru's lucrative…

COUNTERFEIT / 6 FEB 2015

Police in Peru have reported that seizures of counterfeit dollars in 2014 were twice as high as the previous year, a pattern likely driven by the demand for fake dollars…

COUNTERFEIT / 3 DEC 2014

Police in Peru have disbanded a criminal organization that manufactured counterfeit dollars for markets in Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and the United States, highlighting efforts by counterfeiters to take advantage of…

COLOMBIA / 15 MAY 2014

A recent study of the illicit liquor market in six countries in Latin America documents the size and scope of a lucrative regional industry for criminal groups that accounts for…

COUNTERFEIT / 5 MAY 2014

Authorities in Peru have confiscated tens of thousands of counterfeit dollars destined for Nigeria, highlighting the use of nations in West Africa as transit points for fake currency as well…

CONTRABAND / 13 FEB 2014

Latin America is home to five of 11 countries identified by the United States as hotbeds of counterfeit and pirated goods -- a hugely profitable trade closely linked to organized…

BOLIVIA / 27 SEP 2013

Authorities in Bolivia have broken up a criminal operation dedicated to producing false local currency, in a case which highlights the spread of counterfeiting and the migration of criminal experts.

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

17 JUN 2022

InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

10 JUN 2022

Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

3 JUN 2022

The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

27 MAY 2022

On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…