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All is clouded by desire [electronic resource] : global banking, money laundering, and international organized crime / Alan A. Block and Constance A. Weaver.


Public Safety Canada Library





  • Westport, Conn. :  Praeger, 2004.


Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-252) and index.


1 online resource (xix, 263 p.)


Before Enron, before Arthur Anderson, and before Worldcom, there was the Bank of New York money laundering scandal, which hit headlines in 1999. This book examines the criminal dealings that lead to the revelation that the Bank of New York's Eastern European Division laundered $6 billion for Russian organized criminals and other shady organizations and individuals. Tracing the financial shenanigans back many years, the authors illustrate how the underworld of high finance, money laundering, mafia groups, CIA operatives, and legitimate banking institutions can clean dirty money and operate criminal enterprises that span the globe.


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1. Introduction: the Bank of New York and Bruce Rappaport -- 2. The Indonesian affair: spies, lies and oil -- 3. The underworld of banking and financial fraud: inter maritime and castle banks -- 4. The Antigua experience: crooked banks and narcotraffickers -- 5. Rappaport at work: Iraq, Oman and Iran/ Contra -- 6. The Bank of New York and Rappaport: together at last -- 7. Moving hot money: Riggs National Bank and Valmet S. A. -- 8. The criminal element: Benex and the red mafia Inkombank and BONY: the Rashomon effect and the Klein hypotheses -- 10. Conclusion: the crisis in Russian banking and the character of the Bank of New York.


International and comparative criminology.

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