Howard Wilkinson, the mysterious former employee of Danske Bank who uncovered $234 BILLION in money laundering, will be featured on “60 Minutes” this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBS. This is his first major statement made in the U.S. Wilkinson discovered the scheme while working for the bank’s branch in Tallinn Estonia. He is represented by Kohn, Kohn & Colaptino. Wilkinson’s job was to run the market trading side of the bank for the Baltic region. A colleague asked him for some help getting information about a customer registered in the United Kingdom as Lantana Trade LLP. He checked the firm’s assets and income on the British business registry. When he did so, Lantana was listed as dormant. However, he saw by looking at their account at the bank, transactions worth multiple millions of dollars a day. As this is considered the largest money laundering scheme ever uncovered, there has been intense interest in it. Given the players involved including various persons in Russia, the story is expected to be the basis of a major Hollywood film.
For his part, Wilkinson, a British citizen, did not wish to have his name become public. The suspicious payments flowing through the bank came from Russia through Danske to the West. Wilkinson was dragged into the spotlight after an Estonian newspaper published his name in September.
In a press release following the leak of Mr. Wilkinson’s identity, his counsel Stephen Kohn, made the following statement: