More than 2,500 leaked documents from the American anti-money laundering cell FinCEN reveal large flows of suspicious, black and criminal money at large international banks, more than a hundred media organizations write in more than 88 countries on Sunday, including Faithful, Financieel Dagblad and research collective I investigate.
The documents show, among other things, that two Dutch companies may have diverted billions of illegal dollars from Russia, write the Faithful and the Financieel Dagblad. They did this with the help of the Polish branch of ING. Rich Russians could secretly move their money to the West.
These are documents that were leaked from American money laundering unit FinCEN between 2000 and 2017. Banks worldwide send reports to FinCEN if they are concerned about suspicious transactions. These documents would, according to BBC News are very well kept secrets of the international banking sector.
The documents have been leaked to the news site Buzzfeed and shared with partner media of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Several media outlets published revelations resulting from the documents around 7 p.m. Saturday. Suspected abuses within the British bank HSBC, ING and Deutsche Bank, among others, come to light.