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A UK court has fined NatWest £265m.


The details behind the NatWest case are jaw-dropping:

  1. Cash was paid into around 50 branches, but no suspicions were raised.
  2. One deposit of £700,000 was carried through a shopping mall in black plastic bin liners, which were stuffed so full they split and had to be re-bagged in the branch.
  3. Some branches had so much cash deposited it wouldn't fit in their safes

The most interesting revelation is that staff at a NatWest cash centre had complained about the large quantities of cash being deposited had a “prominent, musty smell, indicative of long storage, rather than business use”.