The former director of ICE-SAR – who recently stepped down after audio surfaced heavily implicating him in a large money laundering scheme – told reporters that he acted alone, and that his practices were “just business as usual for the time”.
As reported, Guðmundur Örn Jóhannsson took a temporary leave of his position after audio was uploaded wherein he allegedly gives specific instructions on how to move tens of millions of krónur through ICE-SAR and into five hypothetical companies. The video, hosted on YouTube, also includes screencaps of emails from Guðmundur providing further instructions on money laundering.
The other man heard in the recording – Bóas Ragnar Bóasson – recently revealed that he leaked the audio because a hired thug allegedly working for Guðmundur was after him.
As police continue investigating the matter, Guðmundur told DV that ICE-SAR had nothing to do with his alleged dealings.
“The thing that makes me angriest are the accusations against [ICE-SAR],” he said. “You can look at it however you want but it has no connection to [them] whatsover.”
At the same time, Guðmundur contends that he did “nothing unethical”, and that “that’s just how business was at that time, in 2010.” By this he does not mean money laundering, however – he specifies that what is being heard is a real estate transaction.
“I was just my own man at this time and did business,” he said.
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