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Crime and Secrecy: The Use of
Offshore Banks and Companies

Lo Introduction

A. The importance of understanding the use of offshore facilities:

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Use of offshores has traditionally been the exclusive domain of organized crime, narcotics traffickers and major international swindlers such as Vesco.

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b. Use was rare enough that enforcement data was sparse and

remained unshared.

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Enforcement problems posed by offshores now impact on all levels of law enforcement

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Problems are therefore pervasive, enforcement resources are slim, and solutions are elusive.

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These problems are compounded by the tremendous resources required to investigate such cases and the continuing problem of no central clearing house for offshore issues.

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Education and information sharing are important weapons in combatting offshore use.

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