April 6 Benjamin Lawsky, New York's financial
services superintendent, has sought documents from Credit Suisse
to examine whether Switzerland's second-biggest bank
lied to New York authorities about engineering tax shelters,
said a source familiar with the matter.
Switzerland's private banking model has been rattled to its
core by a U.S. crackdown on tax evasion. Credit Suisse was told
by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) it was under
investigation in 2011, while rival UBS admitted to
helping U.S. taxpayers evade taxes.
While the DoJ has considered a deferred-prosecution
agreement that would suspend any indictment in exchange for a
large cash penalty, it is also pushing for a guilty plea from a
Credit Suisse subsidiary, according to a New York Times report
The cash penalty is expected to be more than the $780
million fine UBS paid in 2009, the newspaper said. (link.reuters.com/rek38v)
Credit Suisse said last week it increased the funds it had
set aside to settle a U.S. tax dispute and avoid prosecution for
helping wealthy Americans hide cash from the taxman, raising the
prospect it may be close to a settlement in the lengthy dispute.
The bank set aside an extra 425 million Swiss francs ($480
million) to take its total provisions for tax and securities law
matters in the United States to 895 million francs.
Lawsky's office did not immediately respond to an email
seeking comment. Credit Suisse could not be reached for comment
outside regular working hours.
(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar