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American Families of Victims Killed By Drug Traffickers Sue HSBC Bank for Allegedly Laundering Money and Supporting Cartels

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

American families of victims killed by “ruthless” Mexican drug cartels are suing the HSBC Holdings PLC, saying it “knowingly provided continuous and systematic material support to the cartels and their acts of terrorism by laundering billions of  dollars for them.”

“As a proximate result of HSBC’s material support to the Mexican drug cartels, numerous lives, including those of the Plaintiffs, have been destroyed,” said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Tex.

HSBC said it plans to fight the allegations, according to Bloomberg News.

The lawsuit mentions some of the people who were killed by the cartel.

The lawsuit stated:

Victims Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, Jr. were Special Agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security. On February 15, 2011, while on assignment transporting cargo to Mexico City, the two were attacked in broad daylight by two car loads of Los Zetas militants on a highway outside of the city of San Luis Potosí. While travelling in an armored vehicle displaying U.S. diplomatic plates, the agents were chased down, flanked, and forced off the road. Ignoring cries from the Special Agents that they were U.S. citizens and diplomats, the militants fired over 100 rounds from AK-47s and other military-grade weapons inside and at the vehicle, killing Special Agent Zapata and seriously wounding Special Agent Avila.

In another case, the lawsuit stated:

Victim Lesley Enriquez Redelfs was an employee of the U.S. Consulate Office in Ciudad Juárez, and her husband, victim Arthur Redelfs, was a detention officer for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. On Saturday, March 13, 2010, Arthur, Lesley, and their sevenmonth-old daughter attended a children’s birthday party in Ciudad Juárez hosted by the U.S. Consulate Office. As they were leaving the birthday party in their SUV, they were followed and ambushed by members of an enforcement arm of the Juárez Cartel. Lesley, who was four months pregnant, was shot twice in the head. Arthur made a desperate dash for the American border as the Juárez Cartel enforcers chased the Redelfs through the streets, spraying their car with more bullets. Just before reaching the border, Arthur was gunned down. The Redelfs’ infant daughter was found screaming in the backseat. At the same time, other Juárez Cartel enforcers chased down and killed the spouse of another U.S. Consulate employee as he left the same birthday party with
his two young daughters, who were also wounded in the attack.

Bloomberg reports that HSBC, in 2012,  paid $1.9 billion to resolve a criminal investigation into whether it violated U.S. sanctions laws and laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels.

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FBI, Justice Department Trying to Determine Role Goldman Sachs Played in Corruption Case

goldman-sachs-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has teamed up with the Justice Department to determine whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was involved in corruption and money laundering at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Business Insider reports. 

At this point, the inquiry does not suggest criminal wrongdoing by Goldman Sachs.

Investigators “have yet to determine if the matter will become a focus of any investigations into the 1MDB scandal,” the Wall Street Journal quoted a spokeswoman for the FBI as saying.

Officials have been investigating allegations that 1MDB management sent nearly $700 million to bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Laundered Drug Money Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 A former Border Patrol agent who laundered drug money was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, the Arizona Daily Star. 

Raimundo Borjas was convicted of money laundering after trying to conceal $61,600 in deposits. 

After he’s released from prison, Borjas was ordered to spend three years of supervision and to avoid all law enforcement jobs.

Borjas was fired in October 2014.

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Ex-Former Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Second Time Over Proceeds from Cocaine Operation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted – for the second time in a superseding indictment.

Raimundo Borjas was issued with a revised indictment that charges whim with 10 counts of money laundering on top of the original charges of trying to avoid detection of deposited funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Originally indicted in April 2013, Borjas is now accused of making nine cash deposits totaling $61,600 in 2012 from proceeds of a cocaine distribution operation.

“He disputes the entirety of the allegations made against him,” Borjas’ attorney, Stephen G. Ralls, said.

FBI: Fugitive Tax Cheats Built Massive Bunker in Washington to Avoid Detection

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pair of fugitive tax scofflaws secretly built an elaborate bunker at the Washington state home.

The New York Daily News reports that Radu Nemes and his wife, Diana, were arrested in March on accusations of conspiring to hide at least $68 million in taxes.

The pair have not been charged with a crime and are now facing extradition hearings.

The FBI described a cross-continental money laundering scheme to conceal money made from a tax scam that involved profits from selling one million tons of diesel fuel.

By reporting it as a lower quality gas, they pair is accused of avoiding tariffs.

FBI: Moroccan National Planned to Attack School, Federal Building with Radio-Controlled Plane

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Moroccan national accused of plotting an attack with a radio-controlled model airplane was arrested Monday by FBI agents, the CTPost.com reports.

El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, is accused of plotting to crash the plane into a school and a Connecticut federal building.

FBI agents said they found wires and tools inside the High Ridge Drive apartment where Fahti had been living. It’s unclear whether explosives were also found.

The plot was revealed to an undercover agent in five recorded conversations. According to the FBI, Fahti said he studied bomb attacks and even made a chemical bomb while in high school in Morocco.

He claimed that funding for the plot would come from cash from money-laundering and drug-dealing, according to CTPost.com.

FBI Busts Alleged Mastermind Behind Underground Marketplace for Drugs Online

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators have struggled for two years to stop an online, underground marketplace from selling more than $1 billion in cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illicit drugs in exchange for a virtual currency called Bitcoin, The Verge reports.

But now it appears the FBI has snagged the mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, who is being charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

The site, called Silk Road, was only accessible through a special network.

According to The Verge, law enforcement bought more than 100 packages of drugs and had them sampled.

“Samples of these purchases have been laboratory-tested, and have typically shown high purity levels of the drug the item was advertised to be on Silk Road, FBI Agent Christopher Tarbell told The Verge.

No Verdict in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case During Second Day of Deliberations

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the racketeering and murder trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger after submitting five questions for the judge, CNN reports.

The eight men and four women wanted to know whether they needed to vote unanimously on 33 “predicate” acts in one of the federal racketeering charges.

To be sure, there are a lot of charges to peruse. Bulger, 83, is charged with racketeering, murder, money laundering and 13 counts of extortion.

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