[JURIST] BNP Paribas (BNPP) [corporate website] pleaded guilty [press release] on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The world's fourth largest bank pleaded guilty to falsifying business records and conspiracy. In a separate press release [text], US Attorney Preet Bharara stated that "for years,...

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