Dhaka, November 12: Bangladesh Bank (BB) authorities have accepted nearly $15 million of the 81-million dollar stolen money from the Philippines’ anti-money laundering council.
The two-member team of the central bank’s anti-money laundering department headed by Debaprosad Debnath, general manager of the bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit accepted the fund in cash on Friday.
Bangladesh Bank’s Deputy Governor Abu Hena Mohammed Raji Hasan, made the disclosure while talking to media.
He added: “The money has now been deposited into the Bangladesh Bank account.”
A Philippine court in September adjudged that Bangladesh Bank was the rightful owner of around $15 million surrendered by casino boss Kim Wong and his Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company, according to a court order seen by Reuters.
Wong, who returned $4.63 million and 488.28 million pesos ($10.05 million) to Philippine authorities from the millions of dollars he took from two Chinese high-rollers, has denied any role in one of the world’s biggest cyber heists.
The $15 million recovered from the total heisted is now secure in the vaults of the Philippine central bank, said John Gomes, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the Philippines, who attended a count of the money last week.