The cards were "prepaid payroll cards" loaded up with cash and issued by one of its New York-based "program managers," a company called Payoneer, according to a statement by the the bank, which said it followed all rules in vetting the applicants.
Payoneer is an interesting company......
Payoneer raised $14 million in venture capital funding, and although it is registered in the US,most of its employees are based in Petah Tikva, Israel.
Payoneer also helps organize Birthright Israel trips, by providing debit cards for all travelers. Birthright is an Israeli charity that offers free trips to Israel for young Jews mostly from North America.
"Payoneer, is an online payment company, headed by an Israeli national named Yuval Tal, who described himself a former Israeli military commando.
A role he touted in an appearance as a commentator on Fox News four years ago.
And will get to that video at the end, just hang in there with me.
Yuval Tal is staying very quiet since the assasination, which is at odds with his normal ways-
Tal has been shielded by a wall of public relations representatives and does not respond to media requests for comments.
The surfacing of Yuval Tal’s name in the investigation for the assassination of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in Dubai has added weight to the pile of links pointing to the involvement of Israeli elements, but Tal’s involvement is of particular interest because it unveils links to Israel’s military and intelligence community.
Usually Tal is referred to by his associates in Israel as "an outspoken Israeli patriot" despite having lived in New York for over ten years. Well the outspoken man sure isn't saying much at this time!
"During cocktail hour, Yuval was entertaining a small group of people with tales of his IDF [Israel Defense Forces] exploits and how good the IDF was and what poor and cowardly fighters the Arabs were. Specifically, he was commending how good Israeli intelligence was and how the Mossad and [Israel’s internal security agency] Shin Bet always gave him great information on his commando raids. Furthermore he said his 'colleagues' got [Hamas leaders Ahmed] Yassin and [Abdul Aziz] Rantisi and they are tracking [current leaders Khaled] Mesh’al and [Esmail] Haniyeh's movements almost every day and will get them too," he said.One of Payoneer’s investors, Moshe Mor , is also a former Israeli military intelligence officer.
Curious and Curiouser?
Metabank is saying that all proper procedures for identification were followed.
"Standardized steps were taken in accordance with applicable regulations and industry standards to validate cardholder identities prior to card issuance," it said. "The individuals named were not on the [federal asset-control] list, and no other readily apparent method existed for Meta to determine that identity theft had been perpetrated on valid governments and their citizens."
Oh and here is the Fox appearance of Mr.Yuval Tul
"It's also not clear whether U.S. officials are investigating the matter."