Malaysia has filed charges agains Goldman Sachs in a global corruption probe. Goldman is already under investigation in the U.S., and now Malaysian authorities claim that Goldman misled investors when the bank knew sales from a 1MDB (a state investment fund) bond offering it arranged would be misappropriated.
“Their fraud goes to the heart of our capital markets,” Malaysian Attorney General Tommy Thomas said in a statement. “If no criminal proceedings are instituted against the accused, their undermining of our financial system and market integrity will go unpunished.” The government is seeking fines for the $2.7 billion of allegedly misused funds and the $600 million in fees received by the bank. For its part, Goldman says any wrongdoing was the act of individuals, not the firm itself.