A year after the publication of a groundbreaking global investigation, the details of how to stop money laundering are still coming into focus.
Some in the financial industry warned the unprecedented reporting project would have a chilling effect. Now, many say it could improve the system.
After BuzzFeed News and ICIJ published a joint investigation, officials across the globe began taking action to finally thwart illicit financial activity and the criminals who move money through Western banks.
The law would force shell companies, and criminals who may hide behind them, into view — if it survives Trump’s veto.
Here’s what we know so far.
Plenty of voters — especially Democrats — have anxiety about poll numbers after Trump’s win in 2016.
US Marshals deputized 56 Portland police officers earlier this year and won’t release them despite official requests. Now Portlanders are wondering if the police will answer to the city or the Trump administration if there are protests on Election Day.
Six financial institutions alerted the government to payments that had the hallmarks of financial crime — including millions that passed through an upstate New York mall — but Sater said they’re all legitimate.
Secret government documents identified more than $500,000 in payments originating in Turkey.
8 Things You Need To Know About The Dark Side Of The World's Biggest Banks, As Revealed In The FinCEN Files
These are the major findings after BuzzFeed News worked with more than 100 news organizations to unravel the secrets inside 2,100 confidential documents filed by banks across the globe.
These are some of the documents BuzzFeed News used for the FinCEN Files investigation.
The Russian bank VEB has long operated in the United States — despite dozens of suspicious activity reports outlining concerns that it was a threat to national security. A FinCEN Files investigation.
From the FinCEN Files investigation: Secret documents show how one of the world’s biggest banks kept doing business with companies that its own employees raised red flags about.
Alexander Perepilichnyy transformed himself from a money launderer to a whistleblower, and then he died. The company he founded began a new life in the criminal underworld. A FinCEN Files investigation.
Twenty-two thousand pages of never-before-released government documents. Hundreds of thousands of transactions. More than $2 trillion. A close accounting of BuzzFeed News’ unprecedented trove.
Standard Chartered’s Problems With Suspicious Clients Didn’t Go Away. Just Like These Two Ex-Employees Had Been Saying.
Confidential records from the FinCEN Files show that the bank was reporting its own suspicions about customers with links to Iran until at least 2017.
A $27.1 million shipment of fluorescent lamps. A bogus website. Elusive owners. A FinCEN Files detective story.
The high-end sushi empire received $600,000 as part of a deal with Aras Agalarov, a friend of President Donald Trump's.
Documents Show Deutsche Bank’s Top Executives Were Warned It Had A Dirty Money Problem. Then A $10 Billion Scandal Broke.
When the $10 billion mirror trading scandal was exposed, little emerged about who its victims were or how much Deutsche’s executives knew. The FinCEN Files investigation shows how deep the rot went.
Deadly Terror Networks And Drug Cartels Use Huge Banks To Finance Their Crimes. These Secret Documents Show How The Banks Profit.
Thousands of secret “suspicious activity reports” offer a never-before-seen picture of corruption and complicity — and how the government lets it flourish.