The opening paragraphs:
Thwarting controls against money laundering, Standard Chartered Bank enabled Iranian banks and corporations to hide roughly 60,000 transactions worth at least $250 billion within the bank, New York State’s banking regulator charged Monday.
The New York State Department of Financial Services accused the British bank, which it called a “rogue institution,” of hiding the transactions to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in fees from January 2001 through 2010.
Under United States law, transactions with Iranian banks are strictly monitored and subject to sanctions because of government concerns about the use of American banks to finance Iran’s nuclear programs and terrorist organizations.
The highest levels of management knew that Standard Chartered was deliberately falsifying records to allow billions of dollars in transactions to flood through the bank, according to the regulatory filing.
The bank “left the U.S. financial system vulnerable to terrorists, weapons dealers, drug kingpins and corrupt regimes,” the agency said in an order sent to the bank Monday. At the most extreme, the agency’s enforcement actions against the bank could include the revocation of its license to operate in New York.
Beyond the dealings with Iran, the department said it discovered evidence that Standard Chartered operated “similar schemes” to do business with other countries under United States sanctions, including Burma, Libya and Sudan.See Also
Jonathan Stempel and Carrick Mollenkamp, Standard Chartered left U.S. vulnerable to terrorists (Reuters 8/6/12), here.
I don't recall that Standard Chartered Bank has surfaced as a promoter of secret U.S. depositor accounts. Still, if you have a bank culture willing to skirt the rules (at least as alleged), I just wonder if they avoided playing in other illegal games.
Addendum 8/7/12: Deloitte LLP "Deloitte LLP consultants hid details from regulators about Standard Chartered Bank's transactions with Iranian clients." Dana Aubin, Deloitte's role cited in Standard Chartered Iran deceit (Reuters 8/7/12), here.