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Iran: Indictments issued for 50 suspects over $2.6B fraud case

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Indictments have been issued against over 50 suspects and 27 other arrested in connection with the $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei told a televised program broadcast live on national television on Sunday night.

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Mohseni-Ejei was assigned on September 15 to investigate the fraud case.

He said an audit of 40 companies connected to the fraud case has been carried out over the past month, through which their debts and irregularities have been revealed.

He added that during the period, 106 suspects were interrogated, and 27 of them were placed under arrest.

"According to the audits, identified properties, and total claims of the banks which are involved in the case, we are ready to hand over the properties or sell them and give the proceeds to the banks," he concluded.

The most massive financial fraud case in the history of Iran has triggered a wave of resignations and dismissals of the banking officials

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