Danske Bank: US and European banks involved in the scandal

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The whistleblower behind the revelations of the money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank said Monday that a large European bank has helped deal with up to $ 150 billion in suspicious transactions and that two US banks were also involved.

Transactions totaling 200 billion euros (228.5 billion dollars) made through the Estonian subsidiary of the Danish bank between 2007 and 2015 have triggered a series of surveys in Denmark, Estonia, in recent months. in Great Britain and the United States.

In September, Thomas Borgen, Managing Director of Danske Bank, resigned and in November the Maersk family, the main shareholder of the Danish bank, decided to dismiss Ole Andersen as chairman of the board of directors.

Howard Wilkinson, Head of Danske Bank's Trading Division in the Baltic States from 2007 to 2014, told a Danish Parliament hearing that other banks were involved in transactions via the group's Estonian subsidiary, adding that most of these involved two large US banks and the US subsidiary of a major European bank.

"I estimate that 150 billion dollars have passed through this particular bank (the big European bank) in the United States," said the Briton, without mentioning the institutions in question.

"No one really knows where this money went, all we know is that these three big banks in the US were the last to see it, they were the last checks and when that failed, the money was in the global financial system. "

Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and Bank of America have all settled dollar deals for Danske's Estonian subsidiary, some until 2015, sources told Reuters.

Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan refused to speak while Bank of America was not available immediately for comment.

In his testimony to Parliament, Howard Wilkinson pointed out that Danske Bank had offered to buy his silence but that he had received a permit last month allowing him to speak to US authorities, adding that he did not expect the investigations are successful.

"We are now at the end of the year 2018 and we are talking dirty money from 2007 to 2015, there is no chance in the world (…) that any penny is found and that any criminal loses one cent, "he said.

(Teis Jensen and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Claude Chendjou for French Service, edited by Benoit Van Overstraeten)