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sports, thanks so much for beieing . good evening, we begin tonight with breaking news in anderson township. a bicyclist was hit around 3:30 at kellogg road. we are hold the man who is on condition. the suspect was behind the while was arrested a short time later in mt. washington . the road to the white house starts tomorrow in iowa. tonight it is the final frenzy to get people to caucus in full force.
to make a first decision. analysts say turnout will make all the difference. tonight every candidate has the same message. >> i'm going to ask one more time for your vote . and the latest poll, donald trump holds a five-point lead over ted cruz. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are neck and neck within the margin of error . with the iowa caucus vote a little over 24 hours from now, people in our area are take it all in. a group of seniors from a high school have been there. brad underwood has how the trip's going so far? >> reporter: certainly very busy weekend going back and forth. we spoke to five of them less an than hour ago. they were headed to a bernie sanders event after leaving a donald trump event.
hillary clinton, marco rubio, and will shared a meal with rick santorum. in total, 28 students made the trip. a wild few days of listening to speeches, forming opinions and engaging with some of the presidential candidates. and of course p they're high school students a few selfies with hillary clinton and trump. they say this has been a great part of the trip, getting to see those more candidate moments with these candidates. >> it's so great to see the candidates like unfiltered by media and see them as a human, like they crack jokes and aren't always just about politics and experience. >> most of rallies we go to is a lot of people that support that entity and seeing how they reacted to the candidate, what they say, and hearing the different sides, it really has given me a
>> reporter: the group are in taylor's advance placement government class. coming up you'll hear more from those students and who is impressing them in iowa. that is quite the field trip. this year's trip was limited to just the seniors. the consolation prize for the juniors, a trip to next year's pressure inauguration . a warm weekend over, and showers on the way. here's scott with the focuser. >> right now, most are dry, but there are valley. at the coverage of showers will pick up throughout the evening. by midnight, i have us down to 54-degrees and we'll continue with showers for the first half of the overnight. diminish. and we're back down to the 40s early tomorrow morning.
is break down at least in part in the start of the workweek. there's the cold front off to the west. broken line of showers extending from north minneapolis to illinois. really no rain to tre west of intire state 75, but greensburg to indiana those are building up. we're at 63 at the international airport. warmest spots in the mid sits, showers move east late tonight and early torment then our attention turns to not just rain and storms late tuesday, but also a threat for severe weather. we'll take you through the entire workweek coming up in ten minutes thank you, scott. friends and family say their final good-byes to a familiar face in
the visitation for richard dick hols berger was held . tomorrow we will find out who will take control of five parking lot billions declared public nuisances, a receiver will take hold buildings. the news comes after complaints from residents and more violation. one building, the roof collapses late last year, we will let you know who takes control . tomorrow is also the first court appearance for thomas morris security chief. robert marshal was busted on child porn charges last wednesday: police say the 52-year-old has dozens of pornographic pictures of children on his home computer and aapparently tried to wipe the computer clean. he emphasizes there is no connection between his crimes and the school . .
if they have what it takes to save someone's live. they were at the bone marrow drive if the mt. caramel christian church. it was for the former local 12 sports producer who has acute lieu chemoy. he was in remission but the canister has returned, meaning he needs a bone transplant. if yo weren't able to make the event today, you can still register to be a donor. we have details at local12.com . still to come, the reduces caravan makes a final stop and finds out what led to this local
those story and . two creme town blacksberg virginia is mourning after the murder of a 13-year-old girl. police have arrest two promising virginia tech students for her death. brian webb has the latest. >> police say david eisenhower killed the girl and another man helped him dispose of the body. >> we're investigating all types of things, social media included. there were lots of things coming in and led us to general area. >> 18-year-old eisenhower, a virginia tech freshman engineering major and member of the school's cross-country team is now charged with abduction
19-year-old keepers, a sophomore engineering student is charmed body. >> she was always the cutest little thing. >> her family believes she climbed out of the bedroom window of her apartment wednesday after blocking her door with a addresser. while nicole was missing, her father posted this message to facebook. >> nicole, honey, if you see this, if you're out there. you can come to me. i'm not mad at you. a i'm worried about you. your family's worried about you. just come home. >> her dispieces of paper sparked a 4-day search, that included a thousand members of t . nicole's body has been taken to a medical examiner's office for an autopsy . more local news now. a township got an unexpected visitor this afternoon. a car drove right through the entrance.
the street from northgate mall. police say there's a man behind the wheel lost control. thankfully not one was hurt. business is actually back to normal . we'll know tomorrow whether the growing outbreak of the zika virus is an international health emergency. the disease, which is carried by amongst toes is linked to serious birth defects like children being born with small heads. pregnant women are the ones most at risk. there are 32 cases in the u.s. and in every case the people felt world health organization has declared a public health emergency only three times, for the swine flu in the 2009, the oboe la outbreak . a drug that can bring a person back from dying of a
walgreens as do . a lodge weekend on the road came to an end for the reds. local 12's megan moore was there. >> for the fans who scott wait until opening day to see the reds back this action they had a unique opportunity here at the mall today as reds caravan made a full-time stop here at the mall for a q anda session, sign autograph asks also take picture s. >>reporter: you're first in line this morning?
grand jurors 7:15, fans eagerly waiting to see players both past and present. >> they need all the support they can get during the season, and the the caravan means as much to us as the people coming. >> dalton was pretty excited about meeting one catcher in particular. >> to see the cincinnati reds players. >> who are you most excited to see? >> the event was free and open to the public. and the first time the reds have done something like this at the mall. for fans they got to do everything, from asking players and staff questions, getting autographs and snapping pictures. >> yeah, i mean, considering we got a big start with some new players, there's a lot of people that turned out to see them. it's reds' country. >> for the most part the fans us that we're traditions into a
>> after traveling to five states, logging more than 3300-mile, they finally made it back home. and now we turn to the upcoming reds season. we're only 18 days away interest pitchers and catchers reporting, 23 for the rest of the team errorring and 54 days from opening day. approximately when you say a little more than eight weeks . . . >> it almost felt like opening day. >> oh, you can feel that humidity. it is so spring like out there. >> the heat is here. buts the going away at least in part tomorrow. we'll still be above our average high and then more warmth comes tuesday. we'll we'll also be track showers and a risk for stronger storms. we take a peek at some geese in liberty township. the geese are loving the weather, but i'm sure some of
at lest check temperatures between 60 and 65. we'll drop down to 44 err live tomorrow morning, and there will be widely scattered showers after showers for a good chunk of the evening and the first part of the overnight. and then we get partial clearing. we're up to 51 for the close of the business day tomorrow. keyword there, partial clearing torment i don't expect us to break out into sun once we get into the second half of the morning. youup to oxford we go. it sure doesn't feel like temperatures 61 there. wind is out of the southwest at nine. we'll also take a check of the atrium medical center. the training rolling along the tracks, temperatures in the 60ings. and we have a wind out of the southwest at eight. southerly component to the wind means falling temperatures, cloudy overnight with showers
diminishing torment and once we take care of the showers moving out, partial clearing is forecast tomorrow and then a second system comes in tuesday and that will bring not just rain and thunderstorms but also a risk for stronger storms. dewpoint is approaching 50 degrees. that's awfully high for this time of the year. 63 at the international airport. we'll take 63 in cincinnati through the 50s overnight and then tomorrow, we'll drop into the 40s early. and then be back up to around 50 by early tomorrow morning. so the daytime high tomorrow will be around 50 degrees, but we'll likely still be between 50 and 55 rolling past the midnight hour, have to wait until this pocket of cooler air to the west comes our way, so we're warmer air, cooler tomorrow, still above average. the warmth returns, back up to 60 on tuesday. this is a relatively weak front,
clouds this evening, clouds overnight. there are two incident bands of clouds. worth noting there are two bands. we'll show you the satellite and radar in a moment. here we have a bands of showers from indiana down south of columbus, indiana, that cluster of showers is moving east, northwest t 25 miles per hour. all of indiana is dry, but as i mentioned a moment ago who different bands of showers will be coming through tonight this is the initial band. the one that's to the west of the tri-state now. moving in, seven, eight, 9 o'clock tonight. that will bring isolated or scattered showers. when we say showers, we mean rain that starts and stops. it won't be a steady rain this evening or overnight. secondary bammed of showers will
midnight. so roads will be wet in spots of the drive back to work or school and then clouds will slowly break up tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon. we're in between partly and mostly cloudy tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening. i don't believe we break out into sun like this model sits but at least we will get some filtered sun before the day comes to an end tomorrow. now let's take a look at the tuesday system. again, no thunderstorms tonight. this is late tuesday between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on wednesday. a marginal risk for severe weather. it's focused well to the north. hamilton county, points to the south, southwest, are in a higher risk, a slight risk, but this is from the bulls eye for severe weather is, down close to memphis. so that's why showers and thunderstorms will be strongest but we will get the left others because what develops to our west is likely to move in tuesday night. damaging straight line wind.
we'll investigate that threat more as we get deeper into the workweek. so at this point, be aware, strong storms are possible tuesday night, and everyone will tomorrow. we're up to 51 by 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon. partial clearing after showers early tomorrow. rain and storms will be favored late tuesday. we'll have stray showers wednesday and then cold returns once we get into the back end of the planning forecast. and you're already thinking about next weekend, filtered sun on sunday, flurries and
the entirety of it traveled across the country can had its own party at tiffany's last night. talk about about"n the lombardi trophy, of course. three time super bowl champ roger wore the white gloves to sport the trophy. for the first time the super bowl champs will also get six-pound 18 caret gold plates also made by tiff anies, we want to know who and what you'll be rooting for next sunday. for a good half-time show. to teams shown inconsistencies this one season. maryland and ohio state.
the eighth ranked team in the country. in their last meeting osu lost by 45. today, they made it a game. osu favored by four and a half. but the first turn over, lays in it, ties it up at 20. second half, cam williams, the jumper, trimmable now finds for the three drive. now returning the favor, pulls up. maryland with the 66 shall have as i said one win. and speaking of a game. last night in kentucky, they visited in allen field house for the first time in ten years, they thread majority of the second half until kansas tied it up.
they win the battle of the blue blood 9-84. the coach says u.k.'s make strides but that i just not there yet. >> we're still doing the same things, it's auburn all over again and it wasn't the entire game, it was for 15 minutes, here it was for about five minutes, it was five, six minutes of losing basketball. losing a winning basketball, and they got to say it's losing. >> since we haven't played well of late. this became a bigger game. so i think it kind of gives us a boost that we needed going in back into conference play.
the sun in hawaii, the probowl . certainly a week for the umbrella. >> yeah, it's going to be at least wet late tuesday night with storms coming through. take a moment, showers growing in coverage. we'll start tomorrow at 44, finish at 51. partial clearing by tomorrow afternoon. we'll watch that threat for strong and severe severe storms for tuesday on local 12. >> all right. make ate good night. we'll be back around here, a buckeye in your pocket is lucky. and as the newest member of the lucky buckeye company, it's my job to make sure that every buckeye is as lucky as can be. this one... everyone thought was a lost cause.
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>> kroft: if you like crime dramas and movies with international intrigue, then you probably have a basic understanding of money laundering. it's how dictators, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, and other crooks avoid getting caught by transforming their ill-gotten gains into assets that appear to be legitimate. they do it by moving the dirty money through a maze of dummy corporations and offshore bank accounts that conceal their identity and the source of the funds. and most of it would never
witting or unwitting-- of lawyers, accountants and incorporators, the people who actually create these anonymous shell companies and help move the money. in fact, the u.s. has become one of the most popular places in the world to do it. tonight, with the help of hidden camera footage, we're going to show you how easy it seems to have become to conceal questionable funds from law enforcement and the public. you need look no further for evidence than the changing skyline of new york city, where much of the priciest residential real estate is being snapped up not by individuals but by anonymous shell companies with secret owners. there's nothing illegal about it as long as the money's legitimate, but there's no way to tell if you don't know who the real buyers are. it is one of the reasons global witness, a london-based non- profit organization that exposes international corruption, came
it wanted to see how helpful u.s. lawyers would be in concealing questionable funds. this hidden camera footage was shot in law firms across manhattan without the lawyers' knowledge by the man in the gray coat with the german accent. >> lawrence gabe: so it's ralph? >> ralph kayser: ralph kayser. >> kroft: " ralph kayser" is not his real name. he's an investigator for global witness posing here as the representative of a government official from a poor west african country who wants to move millions of dollars in suspicious funds into the united states, and he needs the lawyers' help. >> ross: are you gonna tell me what country and what minister this is? >> kayser: i can't tell you. it's one of those mineral rich countries in west africa. there are not so many. >> kroft: attorney gerald ross and the other lawyers were told secrecy was essential, because the african minister had amassed his fortune collecting special payments from foreign companies that he'd helped obtain valuable mineral rights. >> kayser: so companies are
or other minerals. and so they pay some special money for it. i wouldn't name it bribe. i would say "facilitation money." >> kroft: kayser said it was all legal. he told attorney james silkenat and the other lawyers that the minister was shopping for a townhouse, a jet and a yacht, but his name must not be connected to the purchases. >> kayser: if his name now would appear in connection with buying some real estate here and other items, it would look, at least, very, very embarrassing. >> james silkenat: right. because his... presumably his salary in, wherever it is, would not cover the kinds of acquisitions we're talking about. >> kayser: oh, for sure. it's the salary of a teacher here. and so how can we make sure that he is being able to-to buy property here and to live a nice life, but his name being out? >> silkenat: right. any guesses as to how much money
brownstone and the other items? >> kayser: i mean, the brownstone, talk about $10 million. for second-hand gulfstream, i could imagine $10, $20 million. a yacht would be at least $200, $300 million. >> kroft: the fictitious story of the african minister was cooked up in global witness' london office, based on an actual money laundering case. the investigator phoned 50 new york law firms with experience in private asset protection and managed to get face-to-face meetings with 16 different lawyers in 13 firms. >> kayser: i'm very frank. it's, i would say, "gray money." i think somebody told me you name it "black money." >> kroft: global witness says the pitch was intentionally designed to raise red flags and to give the lawyers good reason to suspect that the minister's millions came from official corruption, and they all did. >> kayser: it's only that the money is a bit, let's say... >> gabe: tainted. >> kayser: tainted, thank you very much. >> gabe: okay, that's a nice word. okay.
expression? koplik: honest graft. kayser: honest graft! okay, fine. so i have to be frank. it's honest graft. how would you name it? >> ross: some people call it bribes. >> kayser: nah, i wouldn't name it bribe... >> ross: never. right, no, course not. >> kayser: because it's a business deal. so, okay, bribe... is actually bribe. >> charmian gooch: you know, the story of the fictitious african minister would probably have raised eyebrows for the average person on the street. >> kroft: charmian gooch is the co-founder of global witness, a public advocacy group that exposes corruption in the developing world. previous undercover investigations exposed the global trade in african blood diamonds. this investigation, gooch says, exposes serious flaws in the u.s. legal system that have made it a hub for international money laundering. >> gooch: what the lawyers laid out for us in some detail was all the different possibilities and ways in which it could be done. >> kroft: what you're saying is if you want to get dirty money into the united states, it's not that hard to do. >> gooch: what i'm saying is
pretty shocking and pretty concerning, because that money could be coming from anywhere. >> kroft: of the 16 lawyers that global witness recorded in these preliminary meetings, only attorney jeffrey herrmann flatly declined to participate and showed ralph kayser the door. >> herrmann: i have some real questions about that. >> kayser: yes? >> herrmann: under the foreign corrupt practices act. >> kayser: right. >> herrmann: and under the foreign corrupt practices act, bribing foreign officials is illegal. >> kayser: by americans. >> herrmann: by americans. >> kayser: but americans are not involved. so it's money from other nation- - nationals, not american entities, not american nationals... >> herrmann: it's not for me. >> kayser: pardon me? >> herrmann: it's not for me. >> kroft: aside from that one exception, 12 out of the 13 law firms, including 15 out of the
kayser out, they suggested ways that the suspicious funds could be moved into the u.s. without compromising the minister's identity. attorney james silkenat was selected by global witness because at the time, he was president of the american bar association. yet he and his colleague, hugh finnegan, provided what former prosecutors told us was a roadmap of how to conceal the source of the funds using layers of anonymous, interconnected shell companies in multiple jurisdictions. >> finnegan: presumably, we would set up a little bit of a series of owners to try and, again, protect privacy as much as anything else. >> kayser: yeah. >> silkenat: so company a is owned by company b, which is owned jointly by company c and d, and your party owns all of or the majority of the shares of c and d. >> kayser: so we, we create several companies? >> finnegan: yes. >> kayser: all in new york or different states? >> finnegan: well, like i said, at some point, probably pretty quickly, you'd go offshore. >> kroft: attorney john jankoff
recommended variations of the same strategy. >> jankoff: a lot of people in africa use the isle of man. some of them use liechtenstein... >> gabe: so he would just take his millions of dollars, put it in isle of man... >> jankoff: he can put it into a swiss bank account. the swiss will have it. and... and then... >> gabe: and then he comes to us. >> jankoff: and then he comes to us and says, "i want to buy a townhouse." >> kroft: attorney marc koplik also suggested that the minister could move his money out of west africa to europe, where it could be "scrubbed" in an anonymous corporate entity that his firm would be happy to set up. >> koplik: the money as it sits >> kayser: it's in different names. >> koplik: okay. so it will come as those different names? >> kayser: including his name, yes? >> koplik: so we have to scrub it at the beginning, if we can, or scrub it at the intermediary >> kayser: so how to do this, intermediary?
>> kayser: luxembourg. >> koplik: we will set up an appropriate entity call it clientoverseas.com or whatever, and then that will send money into the united states. >> kroft: if that was a banker talking instead of a lawyer, he could be in serious trouble. that's because under u.s. law, bankers are required to report suspicious financial activity to the authorities. lawyers are under no such legal obligation. >> gooch: banks in america are required to know their customer or required to be very cognizant of risk and to report on it if there... if there is an issue there around money laundering. and yet, absolutely bizarrely, american lawyers aren't. this is clearly an issue. and i think our investigation has shown the potential for what could happen because of that lack of regulation. >> kroft: global witness says that anomaly is just one of the flaws in the u.s. legal system that helps facilitate money laundering. >> and we're going to call it
>> kroft: another is the ease in which anonymous shell companies can be set up here to conceal ownership of money and assets. last year two million new corporations were set up in the united states, many with no offices, products or employees... just an address and perhaps a bank account. >> gooch: in many states across america, you need less identification to set up and open up an anonymous company than you do to get a library card. >> kroft: gooch says anonymous shell companies are like getaway cars for crooks, designed to put them as far way as possible from the scene of their crime. according to a world bank study, the u.s. was the favorite place for corrupt officials to set up anonymous shell companies. >> gooch: there was a very good academic study and america came up as the easiest place to set up an anonymous company, after kenya, out of 180 countries. >> kroft: after kenya? >> gooch: after kenya. >> kroft: so did that study have anything to do with your decision to go ahead and do these undercover investigations?
i mean, we almost thought, "it can't be this bad, can it?" and, unfortunately, what we found is it is. >> kroft: all of the attorneys expressed some concerns, like this one from gerald ross. >> ross: i've got to be very careful myself. i don't want to do something if it looks like i'm laundering money. and that would cost me my license and-and i... just don't do that. >> kroft: but later, he suggested that the questionable money could be wired directly into his client escrow account, bypassing scrutiny from the banks. >> ross: when i get money from my other clients, it always comes here with some strange name on it. i don't even ask. >> kayser: and nobody ask? >> ross: it doesn't come from minister joe jones. it comes from the xyz account. >> kroft: john jankoff said they would need to get a legal opinion that the money was clean, then suggested that the minister use front men to open up overseas bank accounts. >> jankoff: if it's not in his name, then he needs what is
practically speaking if the money leaves the country his name should not be attached to the wire. it should be other people's names. >> poncy: and we know this happens. we know this happens. this is how money laundering occurs all over the world. but that does not mitigate the power of seeing it up close. >> kroft: we showed the tapes to chip poncy, a former top official at the treasury department whose job was to stop financial crime, terrorist financing and money laundering. he says there's nothing wrong with lawyers setting up anonymous shell companies to protect a client's privacy, but if it's done to conceal criminal activity, that's when it becomes a problem. >> poncy: there's a clear pitch consistently presented in every one of these tapes of what amounts to an incredible number of red flags that scream corruption. >> kroft: dirty money? >> poncy: dirty money. >> kroft: bad actors? >> poncy: bad actors. they don't want to be found and they have a need. they've got to move their money
received corrupt proceeds in this case to a point where they can enjoy those proceeds. and to get 'em from... to get this money from point a to point b, they need help in laundering it, effectively. >> kroft: poncy says he was dismayed with the ease and the comfort with which attorneys seemed to be willing to turn a blind eye and discuss a matter that was likely to be illegal. >> poncy: what's essential to recognize is that this is after it's been revealed that the potential client is representing an african minister with hundreds of millions of dollars of funds received through, effectively, bribes. >> kroft: this is more than legal advice? >> poncy: this is legal advice on how to evade controls, or at a minimum, very clear global standards on financial transparency to allow our countries to go after proceeds of crime. >> kroft: attorney marc koplik told the global witness investigator that he preferred using money managers and investment firms to move funds. he thought it was less risky than using banks.
three or four to you. some are bigger. some are smaller. the smaller ones are often more flexible and understanding and less concerned about their reputation. because they fly, to a greater extent, below the radar screen. >> kroft: sometimes the advice took the form of suggesting banks and countries that might be less vigilant about money laundering. >> silkenat: we would have to look into how far specific banks looked into, you know, the, you know, the know your customer laws and how far they would dig. >> finnegan: in many ways, you'd probably be better off with a smaller bank because... >> kayser: that would be a possibility. >> finnegan: because the bigger banks are much more serious about looking into that stuff. >> kayser: their reputation. >> finnegan: right. yes. >> silkenat: and there may be
less rigorous on this than the u.s. would be. >> kayser: what would it be? >> silkenat: the usual banking havens, i think, would be ones you would want to consider. we could provide you with a list of countries where the banking systems require less detail on ownership or source of funds. >> kroft: while james silkenat, the former president of the american bar association, and his partner, hugh finnegan, listened to the pitch and suggested ways in which they might be able to help, they were also the most suspicious of ralph kayser and his african minister, beginning just five minutes into the meeting. >> silkenat: we need to talk about the risks or just concerns about where he got the money and how to explain that. >> kayser: that's it. >> silkenat: there is... there are issues there. the transactions is which he would be involved here wouldn't
payments, but if that's really where the money came from and if there were, you know, "crimes" committed someplace else, that- that starts to be an issue. >> kroft: they were also the most cautious about moving forward. towards the end of the meeting, hugh finnegan, who is off camera here, said the firm would feel obligated to report anything it believed to be illegal. >> finnegan: bearing in mind of what you said, no american law was violated, no local law was violated, but, you know, if we're aware that a crime is being committed, we have an obligation to report that. >> kroft: mr. silkenat says, "we need to talk about the risks or just concerns about where he got the money and how to explain that." >> poncy: that, that, and that's, that's a welcome... >> kroft: he's already been told how, where the money came from and how he got the money. >> poncy: correct. so it-it's a healthy recognition that there's an issue here. >> kroft: if you could ask him anything about this meeting, what would it be?
your head? why are you continuing this conversation? why not just say no? is the business that important? >> kroft: neither silkenat nor finnegan would agree to an on- camera interview. but they sent us a statement saying they only discussed generic information that could be found on the internet and that their conduct was "entirely appropriate." "had the camera followed us after the meeting," they wrote, "it would have shown us agreeing that kayser was disreputable and that we would not deal with him again." none of the other lawyers agreed to give us an on camera interview either. when we come back, we'll take a look at the legal and ethical implications of what you've just seen. >> cbs money watch update brought to you by one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. >> glor: good evening. the united nations wants $860 million for iraq's humanitarian
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>> kroft: when a non-profit organization called global witness came to new york 19 months ago, it secretly recorded hidden camera interviews with 16 manhattan lawyers. its investigator was posing as the representative of an african official trying to move millions of dollars of suspicious funds. global witness, which specializes in exposing international corruption, wanted to see how much help the lawyers would provide in setting up
offshore bank accounts to move the suspicious funds into the u.s., and at the same time, protect the identity of the fictitious african official. >> silkenat: good to see you. >> kayser: good to see you. >> kroft: the undercover investigator, who called himself ralph kayser, told the lawyers that the minister had used his official position to collect tens of millions of dollars in special payments from foreign companies to help them obtain valuable mineral rights. he wanted to move the money to the united states to buy a house, a jet, and a yacht. >> kayser: so therefore, he wants to bring in the money into the u.s. so, starting with the brownstone and then, probably, buying a gulfstream jet... he wants to commission the building of a yacht, and buy, probably, more property. >> kroft: the story was intentionally devised to raise red flags and lead the lawyers to believe that the minister's money was dirty. during the meetings, only one of the 16 lawyers, jeffrey herrmann, told him no.
my standards are higher. >> kroft: the rest expressed varying degrees of interest, with most of them offering advice on how it could be done. >> koplik: we do everything, soup to nuts. so, there's no limitation. we don't say, "oh, we don't do windows, or we don't deal with the financial money managers," or whatever. no. we orchestrate and organize the entire thing. we're happy to take that responsibility. >> kroft: what's important to point out-- and it cannot be overstated-- is that none of the lawyers we've shown you broke any laws, in part because the african minister didn't really exist. there were no hundreds of millions of dollars, and global witness' charmian gooch said no money ever changed hands. so this is sort of a morality test? >> gooch: it wasn't. it was a... it was a test on the system. >> kroft: you know, people could make the argument, "look, all these guys did, really, was just listen to this person that came into their office. they didn't make a deal, they
they said, 'we need to do some more research.'" >> gooch: and you know what? they'd be absolutely right to say that, but they'd need to say something else, too, which is that those lawyers laid out, in often considerable detail, a myriad of different ways to bring money into america. >> kroft: none of the lawyers agreed to take on the african minister as a client, nor were they asked to. it was a preliminary meeting that ended with most of the attorneys expressing interest in continuing the dialogue, and some enthusiastic about landing the business. >> silkenat: i'm happy to chat whenever it's possible to move the ball forward on this. >> kayser: fantastic, great. >> silkenat: good. >> kayser: thank you so much. >> silkenat: thanks for coming in. >> kroft: marc koplik and albert grant foresaw no problem as long as the money was clean, and gave no indication that they planned to do any checking themselves. they went so far as to discuss legal fees. >> koplik: legal fees will be substantial, albert. correct me i'm wrong-- $50,000 to $100,000. >> kroft: koplik also suggested conducting a test in which a