HK: Dozens of bank staff arrested over bribery-linked data leak

Esther Yu reports:

Nearly 30 people have been arrested over allegations of bribery in order to obtain confidential customer information for loan business sales purposes, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said.

Among the 29 people held after the graftbusters launched operation “Mirabilis” were three managers and 18 serving and former direct sales representatives of a bank, reported to be DBS.

The others are a manager and five serving and former employees of three other banks, and two employees of a finance company, according to the ICAC.

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The statement from the ICAC, today:

In response to media enquiries, an ICAC spokesperson today (December 12) confirmed that 29 serving and former employees of five financial institutions, including four banks, were arrested for alleged bribery to divulge confidential customer information for touting personal loan business.

Arrested in an operation codenamed “Mirabilis”, which commenced last Tuesday (December 6), were three managers and 18 serving and former direct sales representatives of a bank, a manager and five serving and former employees of three other banks, and two employees of a finance company.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint.

Enquiries revealed that the bank managers might have accepted bribes from other arrestees as rewards for divulging confidential customer information to the latter in Hong Kong for touting personal loan business.

The banks and the finance company concerned had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.

All the arrestees have been released on ICAC bail. Enquiries are continuing.

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