Former IMF head sued over financial fraud

14:20, 04 February 2016
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A lawsuit has been filed against former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in reference to alleged financial fraud in the framework of an investigation launched into the activities of Leyne, Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK) financial services firm, which had been formerly headed by Strauss-Kahn, Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported referring to the French Les Echos newspaper.


The French newspaper reported that the complaint of the Urbach family, that had invested about EUR 1.14 million in LSK and lost the money after the firm's bankruptcy, was drafted in November, but was complemented with new details in February.

In their lawsuit, the Urbach family accused the management of LSK, including Strauss-Kahn, of fraudulent maneuvers, breach of trust and spreading false information about the company.

Read alsoCoal from occupied Donbas traded under guise of RSA supplies – journalist investigationAs noted in the lawsuit, the LSK management hid the true state of the company's affairs and urged the retirees to invest all their savings in a "business bank," though the company had never had a banking license. LSK was declared bankrupt a few months after the Urbach family invested their money, according to the report.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Jean Veil said he was not aware of the Urbach's complaint, and declined to comment.

A preliminary investigation into the case regarding LSK was launched by Paris prosecutor's office in late July 2015 on charges of fraud and misuse of clients' money. The LSK clients seek to recover the funds lost and hope for the full-fledged investigation to be launched.

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