Police search Santander’s Madrid HQ in money-laundering inquiry

  • Case arises from continuing investigation into Falciani list of accounts from HSBC’s Geneva arm, which includes 659 Spanish names
  • The case involves the continuing investigation into the Falciani list of accounts from HSBC’s Swiss private bank in Geneva, leaked by IT worker Hervé Falciani in 2008.
  • Emilio Botín, then chief executive of Santander, was the most prominent Spanish name on Falciani’s list, along with several members of his family.
  • A large number of the 659 people named regularised their affairs with the taxman but several decided to fight in the courts on the grounds that Falciani had obtained the information illegally and it was not admissible as evidence.
  • The list included the names of some 130,000 suspected tax evaders , 659 of whom were Spanish.

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Police search Santander’s HQ for money-laundering”


Case arises from continuing investigation into Falciani list of accounts from HSBC’s Geneva arm, which includes 659 Spanish names


Police search Santander’s Madrid HQ in money-laundering inquiry