The Cash Cleaners

A major bank is indicted for running a global drug-money network

For two days, the seven bankers and financiers had been pampered and toasted at a posh country club near Tampa. Invited to celebrate the wedding of two business associates named Kathleen Erickson and Robert Musella, the men were in especially high spirits by the eve of the ceremony. Rolling into Tampa in a fleet of Lincolns, headed for a stag party, they anticipated a night to remember -- and that is what they got. Arriving at the party site, they were greeted by armed U.S. Customs agents. "Welcome to Tampa," said one. "You're under arrest."

The supposed wedding on Oct. 9,...

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