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Probe Into Fraud On AIB

BRITAIN'S Serious Fraud Office said yesterday it was probing an alleged 56-million-pound (US$81.72 million) fraud on Allied Irish Banks.

The SFO said AIB, Ireland's biggest bank by market value, had provided loans to companies controlled by an unnamed individual who was the main suspect in the probe. The loans were used for the purchase of investment properties in Britain by these companies between 2003 and 2007.

The SFO said under the alleged fraud, the borrower companies created "overriding" leases which involved a blue chip property firm. "The suspect created a bogus situation, where the blue chip property company's name was used fraudulently, in order to attract investment loans from the banks," the SFO said.


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