New York Citigroup Inc. ("Citi") today issued the following statement regarding the findings of an investigation into the activities of a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services:
"In July, we directed an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the activities of a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services in Mexico. The investigation included in-depth interviews, the extensive review of electronic and paper files, and forensic analysis of computers and electronic media. The investigation uncovered illegal conduct, including fraud in the range of US $15 million, the unauthorized providing of security services to outside parties, and the use of intercepted telecommunications. The unit is being disbanded and security services will be provided by Citi's global security function. We have also notified and are cooperating with law enforcement and regulators regarding this matter in the U.S. and Mexico."
In addition, Michael Corbat, Citi's Chief Executive Officer, said:
"While the fraud is not financially material, the conduct of the individuals involved is appalling. Now that this investigation is complete, we intend to hold the individuals who conducted these activities accountable.
"Over the last several months, we have been reviewing our franchise in Mexico and have already made significant changes to strengthen our processes and controls. We will continue to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that every part of our global franchise lives up to our standards," Mr. Corbat concluded.
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