Head of Danske Bank resigns after scandal related to money-laundering of $30 billion from Russia
Thomas Borgen submitted his resignation a few hours before the press conference during which the auditors of the bank are going to publish the results of the one-year internal inquiry.
Head of Danske Bank Thomas Borgen announced his resignation in the face of the investigation on an alleged money-laundering of $30 billion from Russia and Former Soviet Republics by Estonian branch bank.
“It is clear that Danske Bank couldn't handle the responsibility related to an alleged money-laundering in Estonia. I deeply regret that. Despite the fact that the investigation by the Inner Legal Bureau concluded that I fulfilled my legal obligations, I am convinced that it would be best for all concerned if I resign.” The bank’s media-office quoted Borgen as saying.
Interestingly, Thomas Borgen submitted his resignation a few hours before the press conference during which the auditors of the bank are going to publish the results of the one-year internal inquiry related to an alleged money-laundering of $30 billion from Russia by Estonia over the 2007 to 2015 period.
As was reported by CrimeRussia earlier, in 2013, Danske Bank’s Estonian branch did 80 thousand transactions with approximate value of $30 billion. The transactions are related to people from Russia and Former Soviet Republics.
“In total, the investigation covers 15 thousand clients who are considered as non-residents. The total amount of payments done by them is approximately 200 billion euros.” The bank’s statement spread after the investigation says.
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