The whistleblower lawyers at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto currently represent the whistleblower who reported the largest money laundering scheme in world history — $230 billion laundered from Russia into Europe and the United States. The scandal, reported by Howard Wilkinson, the former manager of international banking for Danske (Estonia), involves numerous banks and individuals, including Danske Bank, Deutsche Bank, J.P Morgan and the Bank of America.
Wilkinson’s case has been highlighted by 60 minutes and the Wall Street Journal and he is the recipient of the most prestigious award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. His allegations have triggered ongoing investigations in the United States, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, among other countries, and has already resulted in numerous criminal prosecutions.
Not only does Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto represent high-profile whistleblowers who have courageously reported money laundering, we have worked to expand the whistleblower laws covering these crimes. Whistleblower attorney Stephen Kohn presented testimony before the European Parliament urging Europe to expand whistleblower protection to cover money laundering. In 2018 the Kohn firm, working with the National Whistleblower Center, was successful in having Congress amend the IRS tax whistleblower law to include all crimes investigated by the IRS criminal division which includes money laundering.
The 2018 IRS whistleblower law covering money laundering affords whistleblowers full confidentiality and entitles them to a mandatory reward of between 15-30% of the fines and sanctions obtained by the United States. Whistleblowers reporting money laundering can reside anywhere in the world, and do not need to be U.S. citizens. Money laundering may also violate the Dodd-Frank Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act, all which also have mandatory reward provisions and full confidentiality protections.