Deutsche Bank to pay 100 million dollars to avoid bribery charge

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay a fine of more than 100 million US dollars (£74 million) to avoid a criminal prosecution over charges it participated in a foreign bribery scheme.

Lawyers for the bank waived its right to face an indictment on conspiracy charges on Friday during a teleconference with a federal judge in New York City.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn did not reveal at the hearing which nations were involved.

Previously, the bank has agreed to a Securities and Exchange Commission fine of 16 million dollars to resolve separate allegations of corrupt dealings in Russia and China.

Deutsche Bank said it would have no immediate comment.

The bank’s agreement to avoid prosecution comes in the waning days of the administration of President Donald Trump, who had a long-time personal business association with the bank.

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