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A new chapter in anti-corruption enforcement?

Tom Fox | June 19, 2017

Anytime a bribe is paid, the money must be transmitted and stored somewhere. In legal parlance, that is called money laundering. Short of bags of cash paid to a government official who then hides the money in a mattress or behind false walls in his house, most bribes go through the international banking system in some manner. Previously most prosecutions around bribery and corruption involved the bribe payor and bribe receiver. In the scandal that keeps on giving, the FIFA corruption scandal, we now have the first instance where prosecutors are going after these tertiary individuals who are necessary to facilitate such crimes.

Reports indicate that Jorge Luis Arzuaga, a former managing director at the Swiss bank Julius Baer, pled guilty to money laundering conspiracy last week. Arzuaga admitted to arranging the transfers of more than $25 million in...

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