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Singapore Probes Credit Suisse, Possibly Other Banks In Money Laundering Case – Media

Editorial Staff

3 January 2024

The after at least one of its customers was charged with money laundering, Bloomberg has reported, citing unnamed sources. 

The regulator is looking at a number of banks to work out whether they monitored wealthy clients' accounts properly, the sources were quoted by the newswire as saying. Officials from the regulator are set to interview personnel and review documents within weeks, the report said. It was not clear which banks the MAS will inspect.

Credit Suisse – in the process of being absorbed into UBS after the latter bank acquired it during the spring – declined to comment to this news service.

A money laundering scandal has affected at least 10 domestic and international banks in Singapore, the report continued, saying that more than S$2.8 billion ($2 billion) of assets from cash to jewellery have been taken from a group of alleged money launderers of Chinese origin.

The MAS’s upcoming visit would be outside its regular engagements with banks, and signals potential issues with the lenders’ sizable exposure to the suspects and overall handling of client vetting, the report said. Credit Suisse is among the banks that have relationships with either the accused, or their companies. One of the suspects, Vang Shuiming, held S$92 million at the Swiss lender, the biggest known account so far in the case.

The report said that a MAS spokesperson referred to comments made in parliament this month by Minister of State Alvin Tan, who said the regulator is conducting supervisory reviews and inspections of the banks with “a major nexus” to the case. 

Besides Credit Suisse, Vang also had bank accounts at lenders including .