FinCEN Files: $86.6 million under suspicion passed through Portugal

  • ECO News
  • 22 September 2020

There were 120 operations that passed through Portugal and that JPMorgan Chase and Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) reported to US authorities as potentially suspicious.

Of the 2 trillion dollars moved between 1999 and 2017 in operations that international banks reported as suspect, 86.6 million passed through Portugal, involving five Portuguese banks, according to information on FinCEN Files and cited by Jornal de Negócios.

In total, according to the newspaper, 120 operations passed through Portugal that the banks JPMorgan Chase and Bank of New York Mellon reported to the US authorities as potentially suspicious. At stake are the BES banks, offshore BES in Madeira, Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola and EuroBic (then Bic).

A large part of the suspicious transactions passed through Bic, founded by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, according to the newspaper: 99 of the 120 operations passing through Portugal, with 26.9 million dollars being sent via the US.

This amount does not include the transactions of a Venezuelan oligarch, Alejandro Ceballos Jiménez, via BES Miami, where 262.9 million dollars passed through between January 2013 and January 2014, as reported by the Expresso newspaper.

Over 2,100 reports on suspicious activities sent between 1999 and 2017 by several banks to the US authorities are at the root of the most recent worldwide leak, the FinCEN Files.