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FRONTLINE; Bank of Crooks and Criminals, The


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Bank of Crooks and Criminals, The
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Frontline examines the global banking scandal surrounding the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) by tracking the aggressive investigation of the cast by New York district attorney Robert Morgenthau. This report investigates the origins of BCCI, how it became a conduit for arms deals and drug money laundering, how its influence spread to political power brokers in the U.S., and why agencies of the U.S. government were so slow to respond to the growing scandal.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Bank of Crooks and Criminals, The,” 04/21/1992, GBH Archives, accessed February 28, 2021,
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Bank of Crooks and Criminals, The.” 04/21/1992. GBH Archives. Web. February 28, 2021. <>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Bank of Crooks and Criminals, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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