US indicts lawyer they say aided HSBC-linked client

July 16th, 2010

HSBC in spotlight after U.S. sent clients letters; U.S. broadens foreign bank probe


WASHINGTON – A U.S. grand jury indicted on Thursday a Swiss lawyer accused of aiding a man identified as having an account at London-based HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) evade taxes, the latest in a widening probe into foreign banks that might have helped U.S. clients avoid paying tax.

A grand jury indicted Swiss lawyer Felix Mathis, who prosecutors say conspired with Andrew Silva, on charges of perpetrating a tax fraud against the United States, according to court documents obtained by Reuters.

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