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Board’s role ‘off limits’ in police probe of alleged £1bn HBOS fraud

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: July 10th, 2011 THE police force investigating an alleged £1 billion fraud at the former Reading operation of HBOS has no plans to probe the possible role of the bank’s former senior executives and board directors in the scandal. Thames Valley Police, working in conjunction with the Serious Organised […]

July 10th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Police dossier says former HBOS directors failed to act on fraud allegations

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: March 13th, 2011 FSA and Business Secretary Vince Cable among those handed evidence linked to Operation Hornet investigation into alleged £1 billion scam.  An alleged £1 billion HBOS fraud was known to former directors of the state-rescued bank, but they failed to act on the information, sources close […]

March 13th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Three held over fraud inquiry at HBOS

By Ian Fraser Published: The Guardian Date: September 29th, 2010 Thames Valley police arrest two men and a woman as part of investigation of ‘large-scale fraud’ allegations Two men and a woman were arrested in dawn raids in Berkshire, Warwickshire and Cheshire today as part of a police investigation into allegations of “corruption and large-scale […]

September 29th, 2010 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

UK regulators pronounce on HBOS

By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Intelligencer Date: 18 November 2015 Seven years since HBOS crashed and burned, we are about to find out why, from a report to be jointly published on Thursday morning by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England). The Edinburgh-based bank, which had assets […]

November 18th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Disgraced former HBOS boss Andy Hornby gives Channel 4 News the cold shoulder

April 15th, 2013 Ten days ago the former bosses of HBOS were accused of a “colossal failure of management” by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. Today Channel 4 News’s business correspondent Siobhan Kennedy tried to catch up with the bank’s former chief executive, Andy Hornby. Now chief executive of the betting chain Gala Coral, […]

April 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Sir James Crosby, the ex HBOS boss, and the concept of mercy

December 1st, 2012 In a comment piece in Saturday’s Times, financial editor Patrick Hosking gave ten reasons why the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards must show absolutely no mercy to the former HBOS chief executive James Crosby when he appears before it at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This is no time for faux deference, taking mendacious spin at face value, letting […]

December 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Sir Ron Garrick fiddled while HBOS burned

November 26th, 2012 (updated November 27th 2012) [Note: if the video of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards’ cross-examination of Sir Charles Dunstone and Sir Ron Garrick at the foot of this blog post starts to play, you need to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to pause or mute it] It […]

November 26th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Corruption allegations, major fraud inquiries, links to pornographic magazines … and a luxury yacht. Welcome to the world of banking 2012

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: July 22nd, 2012 Editorial note: This is a more detailed and complete version of an article published in the Sunday Herald on July 22nd, 2012. Police are poised to press charges against several HBOS bankers and consultants after a two-year investigation into large-scale fraud, money laundering and corruption […]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Worst Bank in the World? HBOS’s Calamitous Seven Year Life

February 27th, 2010 (updated June 22nd, 2012) HBOS’s entrance on The Mound; Image: The We Lessons must be learnt from the short and calamitous history of HBOS, the bank which effectively went bust in September 2008, writes Ian Fraser (Note: This article was first posted under the headline “HBOS: When did the rot set in? […]

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

FSA bombshell changes everything for ex-HBOS directors Crosby, Stevenson and Cummings

March 10th, 2012 Yesterday was an extraordinary day in the world of banking. First we had confirmation from Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland that they are doling out obscene sums in bonuses to executives, even as performance flags and share prices plunge. Then we had the ridiculous saga of the IDSA determinations […]

March 10th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »