ING and Danske Bank are in the spotlight for their handling of dirty money

A LINGERIE trader, a building-materials supplier and two fruit-and-vegetable importers are all accused of laundering hundreds of millions of euros through their accounts with ING, a big Dutch bank, between 2010 and 2015. Its accounts were also used by a telecoms company, VimpelCom (now VEON), to pay $55m in bribes in order to operate in Uzbekistan (the firm admitted the charges and reached a separate settlement with Dutch and American authorities in 2016).ING, Dutch prosecutors say, missed the signs because of serious and repeated shortcomings in its approach to anti-money-laundering rules. On September 4th they fined it 775m ($900m). It has acknowledged failings and will hold back bonuses for, or suspend, senior staff who fell short of standards.
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