Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Arrest of former MPS finance chief confirmed


(ANSA) – Siena, March 8 – Italian prosecutor Ugo Bellini
confirmed the arrest of Gianluca Baldassarri, the former head of
Monte dei Paschi's finance department who was detained last
month by law enforcement officials as part of an investigation
into alleged fraud and bribery at Italy's third largest bank.
Baldassarri, who was detained in the Milan jail of San
Vittore until Friday, is currently being transferred to the
Florence-based Sollicciano detention centre.
MPS, the world's oldest bank still doing business, was
thrown into crisis in January when it emerged that a shady
series of derivative and structured-finance deals produced
losses of 720 million euros.
Siena prosecutors are conducting probes into alleged
bribery, corruption, tax evasion and other illicit operations at
MPS, which were either related to the bank's nine-billion-euro
acquisition of rival Antonveneta in 2008 or the period following
the takeover.
Baldassari himself is in fact reportedly under
investigation for market manipulation, fraud, obstructing
banking watchdogs, issuing false statements and possible
collusion in obstruction of proper oversight together with MPS's
former chairman Giuseppe Mussari.
Earlier this week David Rossi, the MPS communications
chief, committed suicide by jumping off a high floor of the
bank's headquarters, a restored 14th-century fortress, in Siena.
Rossi was not being probed, but he was among a number of
people to have their homes and offices searched last month.
Rossi was considered close to MPS's former chairman
Mussari, who left the bank last year.

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