THE Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) confirmed on Friday that the Bangladeshi principal financial institution in New York had filed a case towards it.
“Based on news reviews, a case was filed in New York in opposition to RCBC and different parties. The bank has not acquired the summons, although we remember that different defendants have been served,” RCBC stated in a disclosure.
The Yuchengco-led lender did now not provide more details on the case, which stemmed from the illegal switch of $eighty one million from the New
York Federal Reserve of the Bangladesh Bank to the RCBC department on Jupiter St. In Makati City in 2016.
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Earlier, RCBC said the case became “nothing extra than a thinly veiled PR marketing campaign.”
“Based on what we’ve heard, this fit is absolutely baseless,” RCBC legal professional Tai Heng Cheng said.
He also doubted the Bangladeshi central financial institution’s seriousness in recuperating the cash, pronouncing “they would have pursued their claims 3 years in the past and not wait until days before the statute of barriers.”
Bangladesh has simplest recovered pretty much $15 million.
The lawyer additionally stated that, besides its allegations, the Bangladesh Bank did now not have the right to file the lawsuit in New York, in view that none of the defendants are within the United States.
The lawsuit “is not anything extra than a political stunt by using the Bangladesh Bank to try to shift blame from themselves to RCBC,” he introduced.
“A evaluate of the facts suggests that Bangladesh Bank’s errors, omissions and lapses in security protocols are the reason of its loss.”
Cheng believes the crucial bank has concealed statistics from its very own research and preserve to try and blame others despite admitting their very own culpability.
“RCBC had nothing to do with the theft of the finances and has cooperated completely with every investigation into the matter,” he said.
The Philippines imposed in 2016 a document $21-million first-class on RCBC after investigating its function within the cyberheist.
Maia Deguito, the Jupiter St. Department supervisor, was located by the Makati Regional Trial Court on January 10 responsible of eight counts of cash laundering, and sentenced to 4 to seven years of imprisonment for every be counted. She became also ordered to pay a $109-million first-class.
The confirmation got here days after Razon-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp. Informed the Philippine Stock Exchange that it would protect subsidiary Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc., which became one of 17 companies and individuals named as defendants in the lawsuit.
RCBC shares ended flat at P26.50 every on Friday.