Why are banks letting corrupt money pass through their systems?

BuzzFeed senior Investigative reporter Jason Leopold talks about how and why banks have allegedly let trillions of ill-gotten money pass through their hands without taking action.
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How can the government fight money laundering? Let's count the ways.

Sep 23, 2020
Government resources can't keep up with transactions banks flag as fishy.
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Troika Laundromat used shell companies to hide billions, report says

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Mar 15, 2019
The editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project describes how the complex system worked.
Money launderers funneled money through companies set up by offshore banks like Ukio in Lithuania.
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How China became a hot spot for money laundering

Mar 28, 2016
One con man got away with millions.
Con man Gilbert Chikli attained 6.1 million euros from France alone in less than two years, reports the Associated Press. 
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Drug cartels have an offer you can (and should) refuse

Jan 14, 2014
Mexican drug cartels increasingly use small businesses in the U.S. to launder their criminal revenues.

Barclays shuts down cash transfer businesses to prevent money laundering

Jul 10, 2013
Some fear the closures could hurt immigrants -- Somali expatriates in particular -- who rely on the transfer services to send funds back home.

Money laundering goes virtual? U.S. accuses Liberty Reserve of moving billions

May 29, 2013
The Feds have accused Liberty Reserve of moving $6 billion for criminals involved in credit card fraud and Ponzi schemes by converting cash to virtual currency.

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Where will money launderers turn after Cyprus?

Mar 27, 2013
The recent crisis in Cyprus threw the spotlight on its reputation as a haven for money launderers. Now, some dodgy investors with money its banks have taken a hit. Where can they turn now to shelter their ill-gotten goods?

HSBC to pay record fine to U.S. government

Dec 11, 2012
The British bank HSBC is to pay almost $2 billion to U.S. authorities to settle a case over money-laundering and sanctions busting. The penalty is the biggest in the history of U.S. banking regulation.

U.S. proves popular for money laundering

Aug 7, 2012
Standard Chartered denies passing Iranian funds through the U.S. But after other laundering cases, why is the U.S. popular for cleansing money?