WASHINGTON - A Treasury Department official said Monday that the agency plans to issue anti-money-laundering guidelines by yearend that would require banks to take special precautions when executing transactions for senior figures in foreign governments.

"Over the last few years, we have witnessed a series of leaders who have stolen their national patrimony and tried to abscond with the funds through money laundering," Treasury General Counsel Neil Wolin told a District of Columbia Bar Association meeting. "Our goal is to deprive these kleptocrats of access to the international financial markets."

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