WASHINGTON Feb 6 Britain's Royal Bank of
Scotland Group Plc settled charges it had manipulated
the Libor interest rate benchmark, the top U.S. derivatives
regulator said, paying fines totaling $612 million to three
regulators in the UK and the United States.
The bank neither admitted nor denied its findings, the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said, but a unit in
Japan agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge of wire fraud.
The bank will pay $325 million to the CFTC, $150 million to
the U.S. Department of Justice, and 87.5 million pounds ($137.10
million) to the Financial Services Authority.