Tip Of The Iceberg



From top: Anglo Irish Bank HQ, The proposed Chicago spire, Blackrock Clinic and Peter Mathews TD


It was not a good bank

It was a very, very bad bank.

Peter Mathews’ complex contribution yesterday to the Commission of Investigation into certain IBRC transactions included a number of fresh allegations about overcharging at Anglo Irish Bank/IBRC and revelations about the purchase of Blackrock Clinic loans.

Economist Constantin Gurdiev translates below.

I want to talk about how the so-called profits of IBRC were inflated for a period starting in 1993 and travelling forward to the present date.

There were two ways this was done.

First was the direct manipulation of interest charges and the concealment of loaded interest, which happened in the majority of cases. An extensive exercise carried out by Bank Check revealed this.

It was an excellent exercise and gives the key facts as follows: there were 113 variable DIBOR and EURIBOR loans and 17 LIBOR-based transactions. Some 494 separate DIBOR-EURIBOR rates were reconciled and found to be loaded to a degree ranging from 0.5% in the early 1990s to between 0.03% and 0.05% in 2002 and 2003.

Some 80% of all the loans examined, relating to many clients, were found to have this loading. The statements which clients received never showed the breakdown of the base rate and the DIBOR 3-month rate plus a margin, which had been agreed by loan agreements, plus the reserve asset cost, RAC, if and when it applied.

The quantum of the loaded overcharging was in the order of 0.3%. A margin of 1.5% would comprise two elements, namely, the amount that goes to cover overheads, which is usually about 0.9% of the 1.5%, and the remainder, 0.6%, which is the profit of the bank.

A loaded secret dark pool profit of 0.3% would represent one third of the overall profits, including that dark pool profit.

That means the market valuation of Anglo Irish Bank in the 14 years up to 2002 when this was going on was overstated by one third. If it had been discovered by proper auditing the market would react with a collapse, like the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, of at least one third of the value of the bank and this would affect the shareholders, creditors and depositors.

That would happen irrespective of whether there was an international credit bust and a freeze of credit. This has been brought to the attention of the NTMA, NAMA and others but it has been ignored to date. I have the evidence here and it is shocking.

There is a superbly authoritative letter about the second element of the overcharge by Anglo Irish Bank, now IBRC. Interest was charged for 365 days across the board, when it should have been 360 days.

In the case of IBRC v. John Morrissey, this was the decision of Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan. It has been brought to the attention of the bank, which has been asked to explain what has been done about this in relation to other clients, but it has been ignored.

The terms of reference which the Government has outlined for the investigation cover the period from 2009 to 2013, which is absurd. I am ashamed that this is the case as it excludes the professional conduct of the special liquidators.

I have other examples of where clients of what was Anglo Irish Bank and is now IBRC are being mauled while special preferential treatment has been given to certain bidders on loans.

I cite the Blackrock Clinic in this respect, which is now the subject of open court proceedings. I have the court depositions and it appears from the evidence that the senior accounting advisers of Larry Goodman are former KPMG partners and very close to the special liquidators at KPMG, Mr. Richardson and Mr. Wallace.

It appears there was preferential treatment in the bidding for some of the loans of the investors in the Blackrock Clinic. This should also be investigated as there is too much darkness and too much selective, narrow stuff.

On the day after the six-month stay on involvement in any property transactions relating to NAMA loan assets, the chief loans manager of NAMA, Mr. John Mulcahy, joined the advisory team of Denis O’Brien.

KPMG were the auditors of Irish Nationwide Building Society, which had a balance sheet of €14 billion. They made losses of €6 billion which were put on the backs of the Irish people. That is wrong.

In conclusion] This is from Black solicitors, following the John Morrissey case:

‘It appears numerous illegalities have been carried out by Anglo Irish Bank and its successors over these 25 years. You, Mr. [Kieran] Wallace, have acknowledged under oath in US Court proceedings the overcharging of interest by the bank. As the overcharging has continued under your watch, you are jointly and severally liable for same, together with the Minister and Department of Finance, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Financial Regulator.’

This is really serious stuff. No response has been received to letters that issued to NAMA on 7 January 2015, to the Central Bank on 22 January 2015, to the Minister for Finance on 3 March 2015, and to the Central Bank on 9 March 2015.

We are now in June. This is serious stuff. There are loans that are being operationally processed by the originators of those loans. Now those loans are owned by third parties, including hedge funds, and they are calculating interest on an unlawful basis, even though it has been brought to their attention. This is shocking.

There is other evidence that NAMA knowingly… allowed the information memorandum for the Chicago Spire to be negligently misleading, which has resulted in unnecessary huge losses for both the Irish people and the developer. I have the evidence for that….”


Transcript via Oireachtas.ie

Economist Constantin Gurdgiev explains:

These are mind-blowing revelations that expose more than just a systemic fraud [potentially] being perpetrated by a rogue bank. These are the revelations that show the current system wanting in respect of acting on the established legal case judgement in addressing the systemic [potential] fraud.

And the worst bit is that even that is a tip of an iceberg, for Deputy Mathews statement about potential misrepresentation of the Chicago Spire case by Nama opens up the EUR77 billion can of worms over the Grand Canal. In this context, the current planned inquiry into 2009-2013 IBRC dealings is nothing more than a fig leaf of fake decorum on a rotten corpse of the Irish Solution to an Irish Crisis.

A Bombshell Goes Off on Anglo, IBRC & Nama (TrueEconomics)

19 thoughts on “Tip Of The Iceberg

  1. bisted

    …haven’t heard from Peter Mathews for a while…there’s a rumour that he was translating Squee’s poetry into Vogon.

      1. bisted

        ….OK…it’s a fair cop…and I don’t know which I despise most…and I don’t mean the Vogons.

    1. Domestos

      The bank that doesn’t say no, prided themselves in approving loan requests in under 24 hours.

  2. scottser

    they’ll prove anglo was rotten to the core, and the great redacto will get off scot-free with his write offs without any compulsion to compensate the taxpayer.

  3. David

    A company I worked for in the early 90’s had loans from Anglo.

    Anglo sent an accountant in to the look at the books, and I pointed out to the MD and largest shareholder that this accountant was dirty, although had not been convicted of any crime. (He had stolen funds from previous employers and then blackmailed them)

    Turned out that the MD and Anglo had already done a deal that would see the company liquidated, and the self same MD would walk away with all the assets via a new loan from Anglo, while the other shareholders got hung out to dry.

    Scumbags as far back as 92.

    1. Tucker Done

      My mate Dave once told me that some people tell other people stuff they heard down the pub

  4. More_Bermuda_than_Berlin

    The crash was a blessing for the various vultures who’ve already picked the carcase.

    The big question now is would the current head boys in Government make any attempt to stop the same thing happening again next time round…

    Or are they actually encouraging “entreprenuership” in the property sector?

    Answers on a postcard to FG-Lab Re-Election Campaign

  5. Kolmo

    Is treason still on the statute books? These dangerous swine are subversives, and should be treated as such, they almost collapsed the state, not through an ideological ideal – but by pure criminal fraud, well-spoken thieving skrotes

  6. Frilly Keane

    I’d love ta’know what Baldly Noonan already knows.
    And since when

    Likewise Kevin Cardiff and Alan Dukes

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