New York state probes banks over FIFA-related accounts -source
By Karen Freifeld and Brett Wolf
NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - New York state's banking regulator has contacted more than six banks about how they may have handled money that U.S. prosecutors said was laundered through accounts related to world soccer's governing body FIFA, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Among the banks were Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse,, Standard Chartered and Barclays Plc,, said the person, who requested anonymity because the investigation was not publicly announced.
They said the New York Department of Financial Services was looking into whether the banks followed rules and regulations regarding anti-money laundering compliance.
The person also said that it was too early to say whether there was any wrongdoing.
Nine former and current officials of Zurich-based FIFA and five sports marketing or broadcasting executives were indicted in federal court in Brooklyn, New York on May 27 on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges dating back 24 years.
Kelly T. Currie, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which is handling the case, said when the indictments were announced that bank actions would be reviewed to see if financial institutions knowingly facilitated bribes.
The banks concerned were not accused of wrongdoing.
Representatives of Standard Chartered and Barclays declined to comment on Thursday. Representatives of Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse could not immediately be reached for comment. Continuación...