Money-laundering facts + documents: how they planned it all and set it up with Mossack Fonseca

Published: May 8, 2017 at 8:32pm

The date was 15 January 2013, less than two months before a general election which all the polls were saying Labour would win by a massive majority. It was a dead cert that by the beginning of March, Joseph Muscat would be prime minister.

Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri’s corrupt accountant, Karl Cini of Nexia BT, emailed Mossack Fonseca in Panama, requesting an urgent booking for a flight to Panama – at Mossack Fonseca’s expense.

Hi Sofia

I found the following connections to get to Panama. I would be leaving on Saturday 23rd feb back to Malta…. Let me know if the cost is approved so as to go ahead and book before the prices go up. thanks

Karl Cini

The flights were booked the following day. Mossack Fonseca paid for Cini’s tickets and hotel, at a budgeted cost of almost $6,000.

The purpose of the trip? “Train Lawyers, Legal Assistants for the launching of the new jurisdiction of Malta. His costs are covered by Sales Dept.”

Mossack Fonseca already had a representative in Malta at the time, but Tonna and Cini had other plans. Within weeks, that other representative was forced out and Mossack Fonseca had a representative office in Malta, right next to Nexia BT, and with its Malta company shares held in nominee by BT International Ltd, a Malta company owned by Brian Tonna.

The stage was set for a money-laundering operation that would crack immediately into action in March 2013.

Corrupt accountant Karl Cini, who set up companies in Panama for PEPs, which were undeclared to the Maltese authorities