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FINCEN FILES

The FinCEN Files investigation is based on thousands of “suspicious activity reports” and other US government documents that BuzzFeed News has shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 news organizations around the world. It offers an unprecedented view of global financial corruption, the banks enabling it, and the government agencies that fail to stop it. Prior to this reporting, very few SARs had ever been revealed. The FinCEN Files encompass more than 2,100. Here is what the investigation has uncovered:

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.

By Jason Leopold , Anthony Cormier , John Templon , Tom Warren , Jeremy Singer-Vine , Scott Pham , Richard Holmes , Michael Sallah , Tanya Kozyreva , Emma Loop , and Azeen Ghorayshi

FinCEN Files: Banks Flagged Felix Sater for $100 Million In Suspicious Activity

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.

By Anthony Cormier , Jason Leopold , John Templon , Scott Pham , Jeremy Singer-Vine , Richard Holmes , and Tom Warren

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