Offshore account details leaked

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The tax affairs of more than 4,000 Britons with an HSBC bank account in Jersey were under scrutiny yesterday after their details were leaked to HM Revenue & Customs.

The list, which was passed to authorities this week by a whistleblower, reportedly includes the names of serious criminals.

It will raise further questions about HSBC’s procedures at a time when the group is 
facing fines of about $1.5 billion (£938m) in the United States for breaching money laundering rules.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the list identifies the names, addresses and account balances of 4,388 UK people holding £699m in offshore bank accounts.

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