News ID: 235950
Published: 1127 GMT December 17, 2018

1MDB: Malaysia charges Goldman Sachs and two bankers

1MDB: Malaysia charges Goldman Sachs and two bankers
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Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at the country's investment fund, 1MDB.

The US bank has been under scrutiny for its role in helping to raise funds for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), BBC wrote.

It is being investigated in at least six countries.

Goldman Sachs called the charges ‘misdirected’ and said it continued to cooperate with all authorities.

Malaysia filed the charges against Goldman Sachs and its former bankers Tim Leissner and Roger Ng.

Leissner served as Goldman's South East Asia chairman, and left the bank in 2016. Ng was a managing director at Goldman until his departure in May 2014.

Malaysia has also brought charges against former 1MDB employee Jasmine Loo and financier Jho Low.

Malaysia's attorney general Tommy Thomas said in a statement: "The charges arise from the proceeds of three bonds issued by the subsidiaries of 1MDB, which were arranged and underwritten by Goldman Sachs."

 

Accusations

 

Last month, Leissner, Ng and Low were served with criminal charges in the US in relation to 1MDB.

Leissner pleaded guilty in the US to conspiring to launder money and violating anti-bribery laws.

In that case, prosecutors said former Goldman bankers Tim Leissner and Roger Ng worked with Low to bribe government officials to win 1MDB business for Goldman Sachs.

 

Authorities in the US said billions of dollars were embezzled from the state fund to buy art, property, a private jet - and even to help finance the Wolf of Wall Street film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The scandal has prompted investigations around the world and played a role in the election defeat earlier this year of Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, who is accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from the fund he set up.

 

 

 

   
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