Western Union, Partner der Deutschen Postbank, also der Deutschen Bank seit 2005, muss eine hohe Geld Strafe (586 Millionen $ Bußgeld) an die US Justiz bezahlen, durch ihre Geldwäsche Geschäfte mit der Kriminellen Clans und Firmen. Seit 1999 schon deutlich zusehen, ebenso im Kosovo, Albanien, im Balkan, das man Kriminellen Familien Lizensen überall gab und Federführend bei Geldwäsche Geschäften auch im Drogen Handel wurde. Im Balkan wurden zur Geldwäsche überall Zweigstellen errichtet, Zeitgleich der Drogen und Frauen Handel vor allem ausgebaut, auch als Tarn Geschäfte des Terrorismus.
Die Prominenz von Kriminelen, Drogen Bossen, Mördern wurden als Zweigstellen Inhaber angeheuert, identisch wie bei den Autofirmen VW und Mercdes vor allem.
United States: Western Union Admits to Helping Wire Fraud; Will Pay US$ 586 Million to Victims
- Published: Friday, 20 January 2017 16:49
Western Union has agreed to pay US$ 586 million for willingly allowing criminals to use its services for money laundering and fraud, federal authorities announced Thursday.
Western Union sign (Photo: Metropolitico.org CC BY-SA 2.0)The world’s largest money-transfer company admitted to „aiding and abetting wire fraud,“ a joint statement by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission said.
The company owed consumers protection against fraud but instead „looked the other way“ and even helped fraudsters, authorities said.
Listing some of the cases, authorities said that Chinese illegal immigrants used the service to send hundreds of millions of dollars to their human smugglers and Western Union agents helped structure the transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.
Fraudsters posing as family members in need convinced tens of thousands of consumers to send money through the service and complicit Western Union agents often processed the fraudulent payments in return for a cut of the proceeds.
Western Union — which has more than half a million locations in more than 200 countries — apparently knew of fraudulent transactions between 2004 and 2012, but failed to discipline more than 2,000 agents involved, authorities said.
As part of the agreement with the authorities, Western Union will implement stricter policies to prevent future fraud and money laundering.
The company said in a press release that more than 20 percent of its workforce is „currently dedicated to compliance functions“ and promised that the forfeiture of US$ 586 million will be used to reimburse customers who were victims of the fraud.
Western Union fined $586 million for colluding with organized crime
Source: Boing Boing
Image: David Weekly/Flickr
Western Union admitted it behaved criminally through its „willful failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud,“ reports Forbes. They’ve agreed to pay a $586 million fine. From the Forbes article:
In a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, authorities describe insufficient or poorly enforced policies that resulted in the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from illegal gambling, fraud and drug and human trafficking.
In one case, illegal immigrants from China sent money back to the people who smuggled them across the border. With the help of employees, the payments were structured so that they didn’t trigger reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act, say authorities.
In another example, Western Union processed hundreds of thousands of transactions for an international scam, wherein fraudsters directed people to send money in order to claim a prize or help a relative. Western Union employees often processed the payments in return for a cut of the proceeds, say authorities.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, the U.S. Attorney in Miami, said the misconduct reflected “a flawed corporate culture that failed to provide a checks and balances approach to combat criminal practices.”
“Western Union’s failure to implement proper controls and discipline agents that violated compliances policies enabled the proliferation of illegal gambling, money laundering and fraud-related schemes,” he added.
I’m not a fan of civil asset forfeiture, which is basically a way for law enforcement to steal money and assets from anyone without charging them with a crime. But in this case, it seems appropriate for the government seize the assets of the CEO of Western Union, Hikmet Ersek, until he can prove that his $8.5 million salary didn’t depend on Western Union’s admitted criminal activities.