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The Laundrymen: Money Laundering the World's Third Largest Business
     

The Laundrymen: Money Laundering the World's Third Largest Business

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by Jeffrey Robinson
 
Almost every dollar bill in circulation contains minute traces of cocaine--part of a worldwide money-laundering process involving up to 300 billion dollars a year. In this book, Robinson explains how the system works, from the basics of laundering small amounts of cash to the elaborate process by which literally mounds of dirty money can be made clean.

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Almost every dollar bill in circulation contains minute traces of cocaine--part of a worldwide money-laundering process involving up to 300 billion dollars a year. In this book, Robinson explains how the system works, from the basics of laundering small amounts of cash to the elaborate process by which literally mounds of dirty money can be made clean.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Money made illegally presents a problem when it is in vast quantities of bills, but, as Robinson (Yamani) shows in this staggering expos, there is no dearth of bankers, lawyers, businesspeople, even government officials willing to help launder it. Among the contentions in this important book: worldwide, more money is spent on illicit drugs than on food; virtually every bill in circulation in the U.S. bears microscopic traces of cocaine; dozens of Third World countries would collapse economically if it were not for drug money. And those in charge of cleaning dirty money are sophisticated in creating paper trails that can take months or years to unravel; some of the machinations are so complex that reading about them here demands close attention. Among the specific cases Robinson discusses are those involving Italy's Banco Ambrosiano, tied to the Vatican Bank (IOR), and the BCCI scandal. The prognosis he presents is alarming: electronic banking will solve the major problems encountered when laundering money. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Robinson, a journalist and biographer (Bardot, LJ 5/1/95), offers insight into the elaborate schemes of money laundering, which has become a major industry and a driving force behind cash economies worldwide. For the first half of the book, Robinson presents numerous money-laundering scenarios in no particular order. His writing becomes more intriguing when, in the second half, he devotes whole chapters to specific schemes. Here we also learn about the futile attempts of governments to eradicate the corrupting influence of money laundering, which leads to all sorts of criminal activities. While Ann Woolner's Wash Gold: The Story Behind the Biggest Money Laundering Investigation in U.S. History (LJ 10/1/94) focuses on one high-profile scam, Robinson's informative book, though flawed, conveys the prevalence of this epidemic. It also contains an extensive bibliography. Recommended for criminal justice collections.Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559703307
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Edition description:
1 NO AMER
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.24(d)

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The Laundrymen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An inside view of money laundering.An amazing book.Its like a detective story.A must read for finance professionals.