MO-CLEAN/14 aka. “the banker” and his money laundering


Many of the world’s banknotes are produced with paper derived from cotton fibres, which are durable and have a great capacity for absorbing chemical compounds. This ensures that banknotes, in addition to being notoriously “dirty”, collect, maintain and therefore track of many of the chemicals with which they come in contact. Several recent studies, both in Europe and the US, have revealed that a high percentage (up to more than 90%) of banknotes in circulation show slight or significant traces of cocaine, ranging from 0.006 grams to 1.24 grams per bill. These figure gave pause for thought to Australian designer Francesco Morackini, who has created the concept of MO_CLEAN/14, a machine that can count, analyse and “clean” money and distil cocaine from the banknotes. Not coincidentally visually similar to a multifunctional office printer, “The Banker” is composed of several departments: a banknote counting machine; a scanner for analysis and the cleaning of banknotes through the use of specific solvents; a centrifugal unit able to make a rough separation of any cocaine found, which is then refined and controlled via apparatus (HPLC) for high pressure liquid chromatography and a mass-spectrometer. By the end of the process the cocaine is in the form of 99% pure crystals. From cash owners to drug producers in one step, and a guarantee that nothing goes to waste. Benedetta Sabatini