Police seize $54M in bank probe

Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 21:08:25-05

MILAN – Italian financial police are carrying out seizures of a total of $54 million as part of an investigation into embattled bank Monte dei Paschi di Sienna, the Associated Press is reporting.

Italian news agencies say Siena prosecutors ordered the seizures Wednesday, according to the report.

Prosecutors in Siena have been questioning former managers in recent days over allegations that the bank overpaid for the Italian bank Antonveneta, which it purchased from Spanish bank Santander in 2007.

The bank, informally known as Montepaschi, also is being investigated for three trades that are expected to cost it hundreds of millions of euros.

Established in 1472, the bank is the world’s oldest running financial institution. Its board met for six hours Wednesday but ended the session without releasing a statement.

Source: Associated Press