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Trade-Based Money Laundering - 2006Trade-Based Money Laundering

There are three main methods by which criminal organisations and terrorist financiers move money for the purpose of disguising its origins and integrating it into the formal economy. The first is through the use of the financial system; the second involves the physical movement of money (e.g. through the use of cash couriers); and the third is through the physical movement of goods through the trade system.

In recent years, the Financial Action Task Force has focused considerable attention on the first two of these methods. By comparison, the scope for abuse of the international trade system has received relatively little attention.

The international trade system is clearly subject to a wide range of risks and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by criminal organisations and terrorist financiers. (more…)

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Organized CrimeHow would I go about laundering money?

By Cecil Adams, 2009

It’s helpful for us law-abiding folk to understand the workings of the criminal mind. So let’s start at the beginning. Suppose you have a couple grocery bags full of ill-gotten cash. What do you do?

You don’t just spend it — Al Capone learned that the hard way when he was convicted of tax evasion. Modern bad guys understand that when large sums are involved, it’s important to make the loot appear to have been legally acquired. Money laundering accomplishes this in three steps: (1) getting the money into the financial system, called “placing,” (2) moving it around to hide the illegal taint, or “layering,” and (3) commingling it with legitimate funds, known as “integrating.” (more…)

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FilmMattic: Movie Review: Too Big to FailTHE AIG RESCUE, ITS IMPACT ON MARKETS, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S EXIT STRATEGY

CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PANEL
JUNE OVERSIGHT REPORT, JUNE 10, 2010

FIGURE 3: GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO AIG AS OF MAY 27, 2010 2
[Dollars in millions] Amount Authorized — Amount Outstanding as of 5/27/10
Federal Reserve [Inc.]
Revolving Credit Facility … $34,000 — $26,133
Maiden Lane II: Loan extended by Federal Reserve [Inc.] … 22,500 — 14,532
Net portfolio holdings of Maiden Lane II LLC … 0 — 15,910
Accrued interest payable to Federal Reserve [Inc.] … 0 — 342
Maiden Lane III: Loan extended by Federal Reserve [Inc.] … 30,000 — 16,206
Net portfolio holdings of Maiden Lane III LLC 3 … 0 — 23,380
Accrued interest payable to Federal Reserve [Inc.] … 0 — 427
Preferred interest in AIA Aurora LLC … 16,000 — 16,266
Accrued dividends on preferred interests in AIA Aurora LLC 0 — 125
Preferred interest in ALICO SPV … 9,000 — 9,150
Accrued dividends on preferred interests in ALICO Holdings LLC 0 — 70
Total Federal Reserve [Inc.] … 111,500 — 83,251

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The “too big to fail” theory asserts that certain corporations, particularly financial institutions, are so large and so interconnected that their failure would be disastrous to the greater economic system, and that they therefore must be supported by government when they face potential failure. — Wikipedia

THE AIG RESCUE, ITS IMPACT ON MARKETS, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S EXIT STRATEGY

CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PANEL
JUNE OVERSIGHT REPORT*

JUNE 10, 2010.—Ordered to be printed

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY*
At its peak, American International Group (AIG) was one of the largest and most successful companies in the world, boasting a AAA credit rating, over $1 trillion in assets, and 76 million customers in more than 130 countries. Yet the sophistication of AIG’s operations was not matched by an equally sophisticated risk-management structure. This poor management structure, combined with a lack of regulatory oversight, led AIG to accumulate staggering amounts [liabilities], (more…)

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Related imageThe Jonestown Banks
by John Judge, 1982

The assets of Jim Jones’ People’s Temple have yet to be fully accounted, but early research in the press and by independent investigators put the total between $26 million and $2 billion. Following the money leads down a twisted trail of international banks, dummy fronts, real estate investments and conflicting government reports. Various sources estimate a total of at least $17-$20 million in foreign investments, and property worth $2.5 million that passed through deed, sale and ownership from 1976 to 1979. Some $12 million dollars was deposited in mysterious accounts in Panama.

During the recent scandal involving the Vatican Bank, Bank Ambrosiana and deceased Italian financier Roberto Calvi, information surfaced indicating that some of the siphoned millions went to Panamanian (more…)

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Image result for debt crisisTHE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEBT
By Carolyn Baker, 2006

Never before have political leaders urged such large-scale indebtedness on American consumers to rally the economy. — Kevin Phillips, in American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics Of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money In The Twenty-First Century

In a recent conversation with a friend, a married mother of three, she anxiously confided that although she has never been scared about money in her entire adult life, she now, in her mid-forties, finds herself feeling terrified. “Sometimes I wonder,” she said tentatively, “if it’s our own fault or if it’s the world we now live in. I’ve never worked harder in my life, but I’ve never found myself and my family falling so far behind financially.”

[Many] are no doubt hearing similar anguish issuing from the mouths of friends and family, and in all likelihood, thinking similar thoughts, but they know that the frightening quagmire of debt in which (more…)

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Image result for michael handCIA Heroin Money Launderer Michael Hand Reportedly Alive and Living in Idaho
Constantine Report, 2015

Nugan Hand bank mystery: Michael Hand found living in the United States

One of Australia’s most wanted fugitives, Michael Hand, the co-founder of the Sydney-based international merchant bank Nugan Hand, has been found alive and well and living in small-town America. He vanished in 1980 amid rumours of CIA and organised crime involvement in the bank as the United States attempted to back anti-communist governments and anti-communist insurgents at the height of the Cold War.

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