WB - Wachovia allegedly laundering drug proceeds for Mexican/Colombian gangs

Discussion in 'Stocks' started by DeepFried, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Wow. Once the crap mortgage game dries up, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

    <b>Wachovia Is Under Scrutiny
    In Latin Drug-Money Probe</b>
    Wall Street Journal
    April 26, 2008; Page A1

    WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors are investigating Wachovia Corp. as part of a broad probe of alleged laundering of drug proceeds by Mexican and Colombian money-transfer companies, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Wachovia is one of several large U.S. banks that have come under scrutiny for their relationships with such companies. It is in discussions with the Justice Department about reforms in its compliance system and faces a possible deferred-prosecution agreement that would require extensive federal oversight.

    An official of Wachovia said it is cooperating in the probe. Wachovia, based in Charlotte, N.C., and some other U.S. banks severed relationships with Mexican foreign-exchange firms in December and January after authorities began their inquiries. Some have struck agreements with the government to improve their efforts to fight money laundering, avoiding prosecution.
  2. For years I've been saying we can't afford to legalize drugs. Our banks' cash supply would dry up.