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DHS awarded $6 million in contracts to firm where Acting Secretary Wolf's wife is executive

WASHINGTON — The consulting firm where the wife of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is an executive has been awarded more than $6 million in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security since September 2018, according to records on the federal government website USA Spending.

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Leak reveals $2tn of possibly corrupt US financial activity

Thousands of documents detailing $2 trillion (£1.55tn) of potentially corrupt transactions that were washed through the US financial system have been leaked to an international group of investigative journalists.

The leak focuses on more than 2,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed with the US government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Banks and other financial institutions file SARs when they believe a client is using their services for potential criminal activity

 Secret documents show how North Korea launders money through U.S. banks

North Korea carried out an elaborate money laundering scheme for years using a string of shell companies and help from Chinese companies, moving money through prominent banks in New York, according to confidential bank documents reviewed by NBC News.

Wire transfers from North Korean-linked companies with opaque ownership sometimes came in bursts, only days or hours apart, and the amounts that were transferred were in round figures with no clear commercial reasons for the transactions, according to the documents.


Graham Barrow, a London-based anti-money laundering expert, said those kinds of transactions are "red flags" and are all hallmarks of efforts to conceal the origins of illicit cash.

A trove of confidential bank documents reviewed by NBC News offers a rare glimpse into how North Korea — and other rogue actors — move illicit cash across borders despite international sanctions to block Pyongyang's access to the global financial system. The suspected laundering by North Korea-linked organizations amounted to more than $174.8 million over several years, with transactions cleared through U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon, according to the documents.

"Taken as a whole, you have what really, frankly, looks like a concerted attack by the North Koreans to access the U.S. financial system over an extended period of time through multiple different avenues in ways that were fairly sophisticated," said Eric Lorber, a former Treasury Department official who worked on North Korean sanctions during the Trump administration.

@1130 posted:

so again Naio,,, divert?    Trump will be there another 4 years.  Biden has been there 47 and all he has done if fill his pockets.  I believe McConnell should go, as well as Pelosi, and the other lifers.  I don't know anything about Ivanka's trademarks. However again Trump is only 4 more years.   

Welp, at least we can agree about McConnell...

@1130 posted:

however we don't agree, you forgot Pelosi needs to go and other lifers. There lies the real challenge, I showed I would give in some, you (as other democrats) refuse to give in and hold a all or nothing stance. thus why there is a big gap in the country

We could have and should have expanded medicaid in alabama 10 years ago, but folks like you were convinced to focus on pelosi, schumer, the squad, etc...

trump and his cronies are robbing the country

1130: pelosi got a haircut!!! Her refrigerator is nicer than mine!!!

@1130 posted:

how is this expanding Medicaid being paid for?   Trump robbing the country?  hmm wasn't it Biden's son who got a million dollar job from taxpayer kickbacks?


A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called for expansion of Medicaid eligibility in order to cover more low-income Americans. Under the expansion, Medicaid eligibility would be extended to adults up to age 64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (133 percent plus a 5 percent income disregard).

But in June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not be forced to expand their Medicaid programs, so it was left to each state to determine whether to participate or not.

However, in the states that have not expanded Medicaid, there’s a coverage gap that leaves about 2.5 million people ineligible for any sort of affordable coverage. And according to US Census data, the percentage of people below the poverty level who are uninsured is more than twice as high in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, compared with states that have. To be clear, this is due to the decisions that their states have made, rather than a flaw in the ACA itself. The states could opt to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid at any time, thus closing the coverage gap.

Five states — Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee — account for the lion’s share of the coverage gap population, and they are among the 14 states where expansion is still a contentious issue and the legislature and/or governor are still strongly opposed to accepting federal funding to expand Medicaid. North Carolina has been in the national spotlight in 2019 over Medicaid expansion discussions, but it appears unlikely that the state will pass expansion this year.

Around 25 percent of the state’s population qualifies for Medicaid, more than half are children. Currently Alabama receives a 73 percent funding match from the federal government to cover Medicaid expenses. With expansion, that match would increase to 90 percent, but with some associated costs. The state budgeted $752 million for Medicaid in FY 2019. Expansion would cost an additional $168 million during the first year. That number could drop as low as $50 million with savings and revenue increases in the years to follow, according to some in the health care community.

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