STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s money watchdog mentioned on Wednesday that financial institution SEB’s past deficiencies with regards to income-laundering were being properly identified, just after Swedish Television (SVT) aired a programme stating 8.2 billion Swedish crowns ($919 million) in suspicious funds experienced handed by means of the bank.
SVT’s allegations were being dependent on leaked suspicious exercise experiences (SARs) filed by financial institutions and other monetary firms with the U.S. Office of Treasury’s Fiscal Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which were described by U.S. and other media on Sunday.
“The simple fact that there has been suspected illicit financial flows through SEB in the Baltic location is a little something that has been noted on…so in that perception this data is not new,” the FSA told Reuters.
The Baltic scandal, first ensnaring Danske Financial institution and resulting in a document Swedish good for Swedbank, lifted the lid on revenue flows from Russian and other non-resident clientele into the European Union and in other places.
“The data that (SVT’s) Uppdrag Granskning provides in its programme does not comprise any news for the lender,” SEB said in a statement.
SEB was fined one billion crowns by Sweden’s economic watchdog in June for failures in compliance and governance in relation to anti-money-laundering controls in the Baltics.
“The scope in time on our component for the investigation was at first established for 2007-2019, but for a amount of causes…not the very least alterations in the regulatory framework…that time frame was later restricted to 2015-2019,” the FSA claimed.
Shares in SEB were up two.1% at 1141 GMT.
“It doesn’t insert substantially that is new. We talked about a fairly substantial range of suspicious transitions right before,” explained Andreas Hakansson, a senior analyst at Danske Financial institution.
Hakansson additional that the SVT programme did, nonetheless, consist of some new particulars on names connected to suspected wrongdoing at SEB.
Amongst others, SVT said SEB did company with a British enterprise that was component of the so-identified as “Russian laundromat”, an alleged huge-scale, Russian-led money laundering scheme noted by media in 2017.
The FinCEN leaks noted by media on Sunday confirmed several worldwide banking institutions moved huge sums of allegedly illicit money above a interval of virtually two decades despite crimson flags about the origins of the income.
($one=eight.9257 Swedish crowns)