28 Nov 2018
When Howard Wilkinson was given a tablet as a gift from a client and his boss did not respond to questions about what he should do with it, the Briton sold it and donated the proceeds to the Tallinn Childrens’ Hospital in Estonia.
The former banker-turned whistleblower then handed the receipt to his employer, Copenhagen-based Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO), which has since has become embroiled in one of the world’s biggest money laundering scandals.
The 2012 episode, described by Wilkinson’s U.S. lawyer and confirmed by the Estonian hospital, sheds light on the nature of the previously obscure 47-year-old, who helped lift the lid on 200 billion euros ($225 billion) of suspicious payments flowing from countries such as Russia through Danske to the West.
-By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Kirstin Ridley, Reuters, 27 November 2018.
Link to Reuters.
Photo: The Lithuanian offices of Danske Bank.
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