A global consumer goods company’s affiliate in a major Central Asian market was losing market share and revenue to a competitor brand that was illegal in that country: it did not have local production or a license to operate; it was smuggled in without paying taxes.
Smuggled Consumer Goods in Central Asia
We mapped the network and found the Eastern European point of production and identified over 150 shell companies with cross-cutting ownerships that laundered money for a transnational criminal organization operating as a proxy for a hostile intelligence service. We assessed that some portion of the money could be going to destabilizing covert operations in the region.
POTUS Obama called a meeting with his National Security Council to discuss our client’s case.
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