By Peter Schroeder - 12/10/12 03:43 PM EST
“Investigations of financial institutions, businesses, and individuals who violate U.S. sanctions by misusing banks in New York are vitally important to national security and the integrity of our banking system," said New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance. "These cases give teeth to sanctions enforcement, send a strong message about the need for transparency in international banking, and ultimately contribute to the fight against money laundering and terror financing."
According to the Treasury Department, the bank's London office and Dubai branch used payment tactics that interfered with U.S. economic sanctions, such as omitting references to sanctioned locations or entities from messages sent to U.S. banks. Obscuring that information allowed the bank to move "millions" through the U.S. financial system in spite of the sanctions.