Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Too Big For Indictment

Turns out that there are a lot of things you can do when you're Too Big.

Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

Wells Fargo, eh?

...Large banks are protected from indictments by a variant of the too-big-to-fail theory.

Indicting a big bank could trigger a mad dash by investors to dump shares and cause panic in financial markets, says Jack Blum, a U.S. Senate investigator for 14 years and a consultant to international banks and brokerage firms on money laundering.

The theory is like a get-out-of-jail-free card for big banks,...

Apparently Western Union and Bank of America are also very..........ahhh........accomodating institutions.

Obviously, these folks have Too Much Cash.

HT: Ticker

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