Banker suspected of misappropriating 3 million euros in Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont
Thursday, 16 July 2015
The former manager of the Record Bank branch in Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont (Hainaut province)is suspected of embezzling dozens of clients, to the tune of over 3 million euros, by tempting them with highly attractive returns on foreign investments. The former right-hand man of the suspect has been charged and an investigation is underway. The financial branch of the federal police in Charleroi conducted searches as part of the case of the former Record Bank branch in Chapelle-Lez-Herlaimont, on Wednesday morning. Dozens of plaintiffs, mostly pensioners, entrusted their savings to the banker. He attracted them with very tempting rates on ‘lucrative’ foreign investments. Though some interest was paid, the total loss for plaintiffs now comes to over 3 million euros.
Searches took place at the home and office of the former right-hand man of the former manager of the Record Bank branch. Many documents were seized as well as various pieces of computer equipment.
At the same time, the former associate was questioned at length as to his possible involvement in the so-called “Ponzi scheme” embezzlement. He was charged with embezzlement, money laundering, and misuse of social property by investigating judge Dhaeyer after his interview. The manager is thought to be abroad.