US: Court report: Western Union successfully protecting wire transfers against money-laundering
29 Jul 2016

Western Union has successfully put in place protections recommended by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to prevent the flow of illicit cash via the company’s money-wiring service, a court monitor decided Thursday.

The Attorney General’s Office found in the early 2000s the service was being abused by Mexican cartels to launder money generated by drug and human trafficking. The agency stopped 15,000 transactions and confiscated nearly $17 million in the mid-2000s under then-Attorney General Terry Goddard as he sought to stop an onslaught of human smuggling into Arizona.

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