The Cleanup Crew


| July 18, 2000

The Cleanup Crew, Julia Reynolds, El Andar
From Laredo to Manhattan, cash smugglers and big banks are part of the $40 billion business of laundering money for Mexican drug cartels. In an expose in the June issue of Latino culture magazine El Andar, Julia Reynolds follows the money trail, profiling many of the key players in this shady game. In a Senate hearing in November 1999, Reynolds writes, former Citibank employee and convicted money-launderer Antonio Giraldi laid bare the banking industry's dark underbelly: '…no one seriously attempted to determine the actual origin of a client's money. Our world was all about playing the 'new deposits' game the way our management 'coaches' insisted we play it, about being rewarded by them when we 'succeeded,' and about being too naive to realize how dangerous a game we were playing.' -- LU
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