MOSCOW, December 9 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — The US government has sued Deutsche Bank AG, demanding that the bank pay more than $190 million over an alleged tax fraud case, which occurred 14 years ago.
"According to a complaint filed in the US District Court in Manhattan, Deutsche Bank used "insolvent" shell companies to conduct a series of fraudulent conveyances designed to hide taxable gains from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service," Reuters reported.
"Through fraudulent conveyances involving shell companies, Deutsche Bank tried to make its potential tax liabilities disappear. This was nothing more than a shell game," US Attorney Preet Bharara stated.
Thus far, the US Federal prosecutors claim that Deutsche Bank AG should pay the US government $190 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. In response, the bank insists it reached an accord with the IRS over the same tax case in 2009.
"We fully addressed the government's concerns about this 14-year-old transaction in a 2009 agreement with the IRS. In connection with that agreement they abandoned their theory that DB was liable for these taxes, and while it is not clear to us why we are being pursued again for the same taxes, we plan to again defend vigorously against these claims," Renee Calabro, a spokeswoman in New York for Deutsche Bank, said as quoted by Bloomberg.
The media source points to the fact that in the period between 1996-2002 Deutsche Bank had also been involved in a "criminal wrongdoing," creating fraudulent schemes in order to help wealthy Americans avoid taxes. The bank acknowledged the case in 2010 and paid $554 million to avoid prosecution.