The US Senate's Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations has published a report entitled "Keeping foreign corruption out of the US: Four case histories" (see pdf at the end of press release). The report examines how US professionals and financial institutions have become subject to money laundering as a result of politically exposed persons (PEPs) using their services to circumvent US anti-money laundering and anti-corruption safeguards. The report highlights that, contrary to the Financial Action Task Force's recommendations, US lawyers are exempt from the US Patriot Act's anti-money laundering provisions and this is likely to have made them more susceptible to money laundering. The report examines four case studies and sets out a number of recommendations.