Lebanon Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi revealed on Monday that a number of Hezbollah members are involved in corruption and money laundering worldwide, pointing out that several were detained in Lebanon on the same charges.
In 2009 a Washington, D.C. think tank, reported on the allegations connecting Hezbollah to drug trafficking and money laundering incidents in Curaçao.
In 2011 the United States Treasury designated Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL a “primary money laundering concern” for its role in money laundering for Hezbollah funder and drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa.
Operation Smokescreen identified an illegal multimillion-dollar cigarette smuggling fundraising operation in the United States. Mohammed Hammoud was convicted in the United States for “violating a ban on material support of groups designated as terrorist organizations”. Hammoud claimed the funds were to “support Hezbollah’s efforts to distribute books at schools and improve public water systems.”