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JPMorgan Faces $6 Million Bribe Allegation From Libyan Oil Fund

  • LIA says JPMorgan’s Bear Stearns paid bribes to win bond
  • Fund says bribes were paid to friend of Qaddafi family
A JPMorgan Chase & Co. Bank Branch Ahead Of Earnings Figures
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The Libyan Investment Authority sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London, saying the lender paid more than $6 million in bribes to secure a $200 million bond deal.

JPMorgan’s Bear Stearns sent the payments to businessman Walid Al-Giahmi -- a close friend of the Qaddafi regime -- to arrange deals in a contract that was no more than a “sham” agreement, according to London court documents released Tuesday. The bank has until next month to submit defense documents in the case, which was filed in April. A spokesman declined to comment.