by Kristofer Harrison & Celeste Ward Gventer In September, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and Buzzfeed News commenced a series of stories based on a trove of secret documents, apparently leaked from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The documents, according to the ICIJ, show that major banks have “defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world.” Most of the leaked files are Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), which banks are required to file with FinCEN whenever they notice...well, suspicious...
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