Previously Swedbankchefen not wanted to disclose how much högriskkunderna, those who may be suspected of laundering transactions, the turnover in the bank. But the internal report, authored by the Norwegian lawyer, Erling Grimstad, a former prosecutor and assistant director of the Norwegian serious fraud office, shows a lot of details on Swedbank's operations in the Baltic region. Even Today's industry have written about the report previously.
at the beginning of 2019. The investigator writes among other things:
”We advise Swedbank to immediately inform the authorities of Estonia and Sweden and do a thorough investigation of Swedbank Estonia, based on the preliminary findings of extensive breaches of anti-money laundering measures among foreign högriskkunder.”
Di said the ceo Birgitte Bonnesen, then, that she does not want to comment on the report because it was only a draft. Bonnesen has also on several occasions been asked how big and many the foreign högriskkunderna was – something she said not able to answer.
so had a turnover of högriskkunderna in the beginning of 2016 20 billion in Estonia, the equivalent of over 200 billion, reports the Commissions review. The amounts need not, however, mean that all transactions involving suspected money laundering. Today is the group of customers down to near zero.
the Mission review also notes that the turnover in the högriskgruppen increased during the ceo Birgitte Bonnesens time as head of Swedbank's baltic operations. Bonnesen himself says that man made thousands of notifications of suspected money laundering each year and Swedbank's head of communications, Gabriel Francke Rodau writes in an email to SVT that it is not at all denied that it existed högriskkunder in the baltic operations.
”However, we have said that they have been included in our regular activities for private banking and business, and it is true.”
that Swedbank not told authorities in the united states for customers in the Baltic states related to the infamous juristbyrån Mossack Fonseca in Panama, reports the SVT's uppdrag granskning.
It can be a bank very expensive, believe analysts.
Already on Swedbank contributed to money laundering in u.s. dollars, it may hurt significantly in the bank's cash, analysts noted then, the scandal was rolled up five weeks ago. The united states can impose high fines and in the worst cases, withdraw the right to trade with the currency.
the reports, Commissioned review in Wednesday's program.
in 2016 became the bolagstrixande skatteparadisfirman Mossack Fonseca international notoriety when media outlets around the world published the company's customer data, the so-called Panamadokumenten. The prime minister fell, the celebrities were revealed with tax evasion and penningtvättshärvorna response was amazing.
Therefore, wrote to the state of New York, the financial services authority the DSF to the a large number of banks, including Swedbank, and asked if they are somewhere in the world had clients with ties to the Mossack Fonseca.
that Mandate review is now come over, admitted the Swedish bank that it had such customers in Sweden and Norway.
”the Bank found no reason to suspect money laundering,” said a person in Swedbank's group executive management to the DSF.
However, by comparing a leak with Swedbankkunder with Panamadokumenten can Mission review show that the Swedish bank had a hundred Mossack Fonseca-associated customers in the Baltic countries and counterparts in Danske Bank. These, Swedbank has not told you about the New York authority.
If the bank has misled the american authorities, it is a felony.
– If you are lying it is very, very serious. And it will not be ignored. If you are lying, so hiding something hair-raising, " says Jim McGovern, congressman who have committed themselves against corruption, to the Mission review.
Swedbank writes in a comment to ”cooperate fully and communicate clearly, correctly and with good intent with all the relevant authorities”, but that for legal reasons can't comment on correspondence with the New York authority the DSF.
Ceo Birgitte Bonnesen says, however, in Wednesday's program:
– It sounds incredibly strange that we would have no intention to be dark. It is not at all in line with the way we're working on.
the Ceo says that she will ”take it directly”.
" I have to look at whether there is more of it here.
Chairman of the board Lars Idermark say they neither know the data about the baltic Mossack Fonseca-the customers or the request from the DSF.
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