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Secret Service: Costa Rica-based Website Allowed Users to Launder Money Anonymously

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service say it has cracked one of the largest ever international money-laundering schemes, Fox News reports.

Authorities in Costa Rica, Spain and New York have arrested five people accused in a $6 billion money laundering scheme involving an online company based in Costa Rica

The company, named Liberty Reserve, deals in digital currency and facilitated transnational online payments and money transfers, Fox New reported.

The Secret Service said the company allowed users to create fake accounts to move cash across borders.

ICE Busts 190 People in Child Porn Crackdown


ICE Dir. John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fed agents arrested 190 people in a month-long, nationwide crackdown on child pornography, Immigration and Customs Enforcement  announced Friday.

Additionally, authorities said they rescued 18 victims.

Operation Orion was carried out through the month of May by agents from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during a month-long.

The operation targeted individuals who possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography.

“With the advent of summer vacation, children may have more time and access to the Internet, making this a good time to talk to them about online dangers. Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online,” said ICE Director John Morton.

“Let this operation be a warning to anyone who would think they can use the Internet to exploit children: we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted.”

The majority of arrests were in the U.S., but there were some overseas in such countries as Spain, the Philippines, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

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