March 23, 2018 / 8:00 AM / 6 months ago

Union Bank of India shares slump after lender makes fraud complaint

(Reuters) - Union Bank of India Ltd (UNBK.NS) shares fell to a more-than 11-year low on Friday after federal police registered a case against a private company for allegedly cheating eight lenders, including Union Bank, out of 13.94 billion rupees ($214 million).

The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered the case against Hyderabad-based Totem Infrastructure and directors after a complaint from Union Bank, which the CBI said had been cheated out of about 3.14 billion rupees.

Reuters could not reach Totem or its directors for comment.

The case comes after a more-than $2 billion fraud in state-run Punjab National Bank (PNBK.NS), dubbed the biggest bank fraud in India’s history, triggered scrutiny of all soured bank loans for any sign of wrongdoing.

Totem Infrastructure, loans to which became non-performing in June 2012, “allegedly diverted the funds by opening accounts outside the consortium (of eight banks) and through payments of wages by showing excess expenditure and huge stocks”, the CBI said in a statement late on Thursday.

The CBI said in a separate statement that the company concerned was Totem Infrastructure.

Union Bank did not respond to requests for comment from either the stock exchange or Reuters.

By 0719 GMT, Union Bank shares were trading 8.3 percent down at 86.85 rupees. The stock fell as much as 9.13 percent to touch its lowest price since March 2007.

Reporting by Arnab Paul in BengaluruEditing by Christopher Cushing

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