Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs in 1MDB probe

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia filed criminal charges today against Goldman Sachs and two of the US bank’s former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at state fund 1MDB.

Goldman Sachs has been under scrutiny for its role in helping raise funds through bond offerings for 1MDB, which is the subject of investigations in at least six countries.

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said criminal charges under the country’s securities laws were filed today against Goldman Sachs, its former bankers Tim Leissner and Roger Ng, former 1MDB employee Jasmine Loo and financier Jho Low in connection with the bond offerings.

“The charges arise from the commission and abetment of false or misleading statements by all the accused in order to dishonestly misappropriate US$2.7 billion from the proceeds of three bonds issued by the subsidiaries of 1MDB, which were arranged and underwritten by Goldman Sachs,” he said in a statement.