The bank recognizes the charge, but “denies having committed any offense”, claiming to be the victim of fraud.
LBelfius bank, which denies any involvement, is being prosecuted for fraud, forgery and use of forgery, private corruption, criminal conspiracy, money laundering and infringements of the code of economic law after the discovery of mortgage loan agreements on the basis of false, reveals L’Echo on Friday.
The bank was served last week with its indictment by the Brussels investigating judge Michel Claise, in the context of a federal prosecution case open for more than a year for mortgage loans granted on the basis of false . Contacted by L’Echo, the bank acknowledges the charge, but “denies having committed any offense”, claiming to be the victim of fraud “which it itself has denounced to the criminal justice system, the FSMA and the National Bank of Belgium », Explained Ulrike Pommée, spokesperson for Belfius.
A file on a community of Travelers
At the origin of this indictment, a file on a community of Travelers, which had seen more than 1,000 police officers take part in large searches last year, resulting in the referral of 79 people to the court.
During the investigation, the justice learned that suspects had succeeded in laundering funds resulting from misdeeds by obtaining mortgages via false documents, within a Crefius agency in Jemappes. The director of this agency, accused of private corruption, would have received money, according to investigators, to close her eyes and grant these credits.
If Belfius quickly filed a complaint against the director, justice considers the bank at fault for not having resold the property purchased and considers that it continued to receive monthly payments.