HSBC Knowingly Helped Mexican Cartels Launder Billions

FOX NEWS LATINO — The banking giant HSBC “knowingly” provided support to four of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels by laundering their money and providing material support to terrorists, according to a new lawsuit filed by four families.

The papers filed in U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday say that laundering drug money made it possible for the cartels to operate. The suit alleges the bank is liable for the damage inflicted by the cartels under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Among the people represented among the claimants are Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who were attacked in Mexico in 2011. Zapata was killed, and Avila wounded.

According to the lawsuit, employees at Mexican HSBC bank branches “routinely accepted” deposits of hundreds of thousands – sometimes millions – of U.S. dollars from people with no identifiable source of income. The suit accuses employees of accepting bribes, fabricating documents and keeping illegal accounts open despite having been ordered to close them.

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