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…

New outbreak at Verdun Hospital

The Verdun Hospital faces a new COVID-19 outbreak, when the virus managed to enter a zone. Thirteen patients hospitalized on the third floor (southern section) of the building have tested positive for coronavirus in the past few days. However, all of them had tested negative at the time of their admission.
 
New outbreak at Verdun Hospital

The outbreak was identified because the Verdun Hospital is now subjecting all of its patients to COVID-19 tests on a cyclical basis.

"It’s a very sneaky virus, we’ve seen it for weeks. It is an invisible enemy, which is transmitted very easily, "said Jean Nicolas Aubé, spokesman for the hospital, confirming the existence of the outbreak.

The 13 infected patients were referred to other hospitals or to a "hot" area of ​​the facility. There were no deaths among them as of this writing.

"Each case that is identified is a chain of transmission that is broken," said Aubé. "In a hospital, being able to identify these cases, to detect them, means that they will no longer be able to infect other people. "

Second hatching
The hospital had fought an initial outbreak in early April, when at least 40 people (including five doctors) had contracted the disease. They were in fact two simultaneous but different foci, each of which started with an asymptomatic doctor.




"It went very well, the staff worked in an exemplary manner, and we are certain that it will be the same for this second outbreak," said Jean Nicolas Aubé.

The Verdun Hospital is currently building an annex in a parking lot adjacent to its emergency room, where 36 people can wait for the result of their coronavirus infection test before entering the hospital. It should be ready by the end of the month.

"The infrastructure will prevent contamination with other users, visitors and employees of the hospital," said the press release announcing the construction. "This annex will function as a normal hospital unit with all the medical and protective equipment necessary to provide quality care in a safe environment. "