Belgium charges Swiss bank UBS with organising tax evasion

Published: Friday 26th February 2016 by The News Editor

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A Belgian judge has charged Swiss bank UBS with money laundering and “serious and organised tax evasion”.

Jennifer Vanderputten, the spokeswoman for the crown prosecutor, said Switzerland’s biggest bank is suspected of directly seeking clients in Belgium with the intention of helping them evade taxes.

She said the charges were laid, under the supervision of Judge Michel Claise, thanks to co-operation with French authorities, and refused to provide additional details.

The head of the Belgian division of UBS was charged in June 2014 on suspicion that he and the firm helped wealthy clients evade billions of euros in taxes.

The suspected criminal activity is thought to have begun more than a decade ago, when UBS clients in Belgium were allegedly helped to reduce their tax payments.

Information that led to the 2014 charges was given by compliance officers who had left UBS or had been fired and no longer supported the bank’s tactics.

UBS denied that its Belgian division had ever supported tax evasion.

Published: Friday 26th February 2016 by The News Editor

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