Danske Bank Whistleblower Says U.S., European Banks Helped Launder Money


The whistleblower who revealed suspected money laundering involving Danske Bank said on Monday that two major U.S. and one European banks were among several which had helped process suspicious payments.

Payments totaling 200 billion euros ($228.5 billion) made through Danske Bank’s tiny Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015 have sparked inquiries in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States in a growing global scandal.
Howard Wilkinson, Danske Bank’s chairman of the trading unit in the Baltic region from 2007 to 2014, said a Danish parliament has been involved in payments by many other borrowers through the Estonian branch, and many companies have two major US banks and a large European bank in the United States.

“I guess this 150-billion-dollar bill goes through the major European bank in the United States,” Briton said. Said.

Iyor Nobody knows where this money is going. The only thing we knew was that the last people who saw it were the three big banks in the United States. They were the last check, and when that failed, the money was entering the global financial system. “

Wilkinson told the parliament that he was not offered any money by Danske Bank and said that he received a waiver that allowed him to meet with US officials last month, but did not expect the investigations to go anywhere.

Edi We are talking about dirty money at the back end of 2018, from 2007 to 2015, there is no chance in the world… he said that none of the money could be traced and that any criminal would lose a single penny, and he said.

‘Lack of interest’
Danske Bank admitted there was insufficient money laundering controls in Estonia, but in a report published in September, the board of directors, president and chief executive said it did not violate its legal obligations. The General Manager and the Chairman came down to the bottom of the report.
. In April 2014, the bank had no intention of doing anything. Bir There was a curious lack of interest at the senior management level. “

Esi In this concrete case, we call on everyone to be informed about the authorities, aya said Jesper Nielsen, Temporary CEO of Danske Bank.

Bizde We have violated expectations of society. Nielsen does not reflect the bank and the course of events around us.

In its September report, Danske Bank’s report on the Estonian Branch reported that ın the disclosure of information disclosure una, which is deliberately dealing with criminals, was sent to the board of directors, group compliance and the internal auditor at the end of December 2013.

Following the September report, Thomas Borgen stepped as the CEO and said he had “final responsibility“ despite being ıyla cleaned up from a legal point of view Thomas.

The report, however, concluded that with Borgen, no üst red flag ş was shared between 2009 and 2012 when he assumed the senior management responsibility for the Estonian branch.

In the report of the bank, it was recommended that after the first findings of the internal audit of the bank in February 2014, all new works should be terminated immediately and the current transactions were closed in a controlled manner.

The Role of the Regulator

The scandal also emerged as a major government tax scandal and a fraud case at the Danish ministry of social affairs, guaranteeing the once trusted institutions and lawmakers’ calls for action.

Wilkinson said the Danish financial regulator had not contacted him before publishing a report on allegations in May 2018. The FSA was not immediately available for comment.

Denmark should ask the FSA for its regulation on Danske Bank, including high-ranking officials.

The FSA said that in May, there was not enough ground to bring a case against the members of the Danske Bank administration. ($ 1 = 0,8760 Euro)

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