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All Is Clouded by Desire: Global Banking, Money Laundering, and International Organized Crime

All Is Clouded by Desire: Global Banking, Money Laundering, and International Organized Crime


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Before Enron, before Arthur Anderson, and before Worldcom, there was the Bank of New York money laundering scandal, which hit headlines in 1999. Promising to be one of the most important books on international organized crime, money laundering, and the complicity between legitimate and illegitimate businesses in both the United States and the former Soviet Union, among other places, during the last decade of the 20th century, All Is Clouded by Desire examines the criminal dealings that led to the revelation that the Bank of New York's Eastern European Division laundered $6 billion for Russian organized criminals and other shady organizations and individuals. In a series of intrigues that involved crooked Geneva banker Bruce Rappaport and high-level members of the Bank of New York, criminal Russian organizations were able to thrive and prosper during a time when the rest of the former Soviet Union crumbled amidst growing corruption and a declining economy. Tracing the financial shenanigans back many years, Block and Weaver illustrate how the underworld of high finance, money laundering, mafia groups, CIA operatives, and legitimate banking institutions can clean dirty money and operate criminal enterprises that span the globe.

Block and Weaver carefully assemble a vivid examination of the world of hot money in the arena of international banking and the roles played by Intelligence, the politically connected, and the criminally inclined. Focusing on the intensely private Genava banker Bruce Rappaport and the Bank of New York, the authors show how the two worked together with dodgy Russian banks to move and launder billions through channels that include off-shore banks, shady joint-ventures, and outright criminal organizations. Relying on primary sources from the logs of the institutions involved, interviews with British Intelligence operatives and former CIA officers, secret discussions with private detectives handling the infamous Marc Rich tax case, and material collected by two private detective agencies in London and New York, the book exposes the various machinations that were instrumental in completing the financial schemes that would ultimately cause the downfall of two top Bank of New York executives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275983307
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2004
Series: International and Comparative Criminology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 867,245
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

ALAN A. BLOCK is Professor of Crime, Law and Justice at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published extensively on organized crime, and his books include The Organized Criminal Activities of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (2001), Masters of Paradise: Organized Crime and the Internal Revenue Service in the Bahamas (1998), Space, Time, and Organized Crime (1994), and War on Drugs: Studies in the Failure of U.S. Policy (1992), among others.

CONSTANCE A. WEAVER has been a consultant for several private investigation firms. She has conducted extensive research on various organized crime cases.

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Bank of New York and Bruce Rappaport

The Indonesian Affair: Spies, Lies, & Oil

The Underworld of Banking and Financial Fraud: Inter Maritime and Castle Banks

The Antigua Experience: Crooked Banks and Narcotraffickers

Rappaport at Work: Iraq, Oman, and Iran/Contra

The Bank of New York and Rappaport: Together at Last

Moving Hot Money: Riggs National Bank and Valmet S.A.

The Criminal Element: Benex and the Red Mafia

Inkombank and BONY: The Rashomon Effect & The Klein Hypotheses

Conclusion: The Crisis in Russian Banking and the Character of the Bank of New York

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