Thursday, September 6

Take us $150 M in Hezbollah money laundering probe

NEW YORK--US authorities said on Monday that she suspected of $150 million from a Lebanese Bank, was at the heart of international money laundering seized rules in connection with the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group.

In February 2011 the US Treasury the Lebanese Canadian Bank called "primary money laundering concern". The privately owned bank then together with the Lebanese subsidiary of Societe Generale.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration accused Bank officials knowingly in a scheme in which money was sent cars in the United States of various individuals and companies in Beirut from the Lebanon used to buy. The cars were then sold in West Africa, and Hezbollah-linked groups help would smuggle the proceeds in Lebanon authorities said.

Hezbollah is a Shiite Islamist guerrilla and political movement, which with the help of Iran after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon founded in the year 1982.

Washington considers to be Hezbollah a terrorist group. U.S. officials say that it has engaged the distribution and sale of cocaine in West Africa increasingly to drug trafficking to facilitate.

The money was seized corresponding accounts with five different banks in the United States, including Citibank and London Bank Standard Chartered. The five banks have accused any wrong-doing.

A lawyer for the Lebanese Canadian Bank back a call seeking comment does not immediately.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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