Daily News: July 3, 2019

Credit Suisse Refuses to Return Funds Stolen in $1B Fraud

CS Victims, a group of defrauded clients, charges, despite assurances to a Geneva Court, Credit Suisse has refused to return funds stolen from clients during a near $1 billion years-long fraud executed by one of its employees.

The employee has already been convicted by a criminal court.

The Swiss criminal courts have found that monies were stolen from CS Victims’ accounts. During a trial in early 2018, the Credit Suisse relationship manager dealing with those victims admitted that he had been able to evade the bank’s systems and controls for more than seven years, stealing and moving funds between client accounts to conceal the fraud from the victims. Credit Suisse promised the court that if it would allocate frozen funds to the bank, then the bank would compensate affected customers. The court granted this request during the trial.

Despite the court’s findings and Credit Suisse’s promises to the court, the bank has refused to return the full amount of stolen funds. Although monies were stolen as early as 2007, the bank shows no intention of paying any interest on anything it does return.

Credit Suisse has since claimed that full repayment of the stolen funds will only be made once the Court of Appeal has given a final judgment.

A spokesperson for CS Victims explained, “It is a fact, found by the Swiss Court and acknowledged by the bank, that monies were stolen from our clients and Credit Suisse have admitted their obligation to return the full amount of these funds. The bank’s failure to act, despite its having discovered the fraud almost four years ago, is yet another example of its disgraceful treatment of acknowledged victims, who are blameless for crimes committed by Credit Suisse’s personnel. There is no reason why the bank is withholding payment in full and we urge Credit Suisse to repay all of the stolen funds immediately.”