Hacked HSBC Swiss Bank ledger names Valentino Rossi & Fernando Alonso among other stars
Hervé Falciani is a whistleblower to numerous countries whose citizens held tight-lipped accounts at Geneva branch of HSBC, by gathering information on suspicious accounts and passing on to various government agencies for them to make a case and investigate.
According to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Hervé Falciani acquired data on accounts dated between 1988 and 2007, maximum amount in each of those accounts between 2006 and 2007, and notes made by employees of HSBC on clients and their communications with them from 2005.
Falciani sent the critical spreadsheet to French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who then contacted other governments with the list that has big names related to corresponding countries.
In the Falciani list, top names from international motorsport have been found, some of which do not come as a surprise.
Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver with two World Champion trophies, who is set to race for McLaren-Honda this season, holds $42.3 million in four bank accounts.
Flavio Briatore, former Renault team principal who was banned from all FIA-sanctioned events after a race fixing scandal broke, is found linked to 38 accounts worth $73 million.
Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish ex-F1 racing driver who was termed ‘Niceman’ in Formula One, has $132,765 in three accounts.
Valentino Rossi, The Doctor, has $23.9 Million in two accounts.
Via – Jalopnik