FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

Makemo, kingdom of blackouts and over-excited population

Tension is mounting on the third largest atoll in the Tuamotus. Indeed, since the beginning of the millennium, the inhabitants of Makemo have been the subject of multiple attempts to manage electricity and suffer from numerous power outages making their daily lives very uncomfortable. A daily already tested by the legal battles between managers and the wind fiasco which cost nearly 400 million Fcf, to finally collapse after two and a half years of operation. Investigation of this guinea pig population of trading cases and "inconsistent" political actions according to the Territorial Chamber of Accounts (CTC).

Makemo is a true haven of peace for those who wish to isolate themselves a few days away from the tumult of the "big cities", offering to its visitors lagoons where there are shades of green and blue of unparalleled purity. On the other hand, this little piece of paradise sometimes seems to take on the air of a golden prison for the population, as it has had to suffer setbacks, especially since the early 2000s.

The activities are not very diversified - exit tourism and its derivatives such as diving - but one can count among them pearl culture, the harvest of sea cucumbers (rori) and coconut cultivation. There are also some stores, testifying to the possibility of maintaining a certain trade in this remote area, but their daily life, too, is under severe strain.