BANKING

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Accountants Accused of BCCI Obstruction: British police have charged two accountants working on the BCCI investigation with obstruction of justice. An accountant with Coopers & Lybrand was working with Britain's Serious Fraud Office, which has been investigating alleged fraud at BCCI. The government said he and the other accountant, who is self-employed, are accused of "removing, destroying or defacing documentary evidence relating to fraud trials resulting from the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International." The government did not say what the men's possible motives were. The Serious Fraud Office, which investigates and prosecutes cases of complex fraud, has more than 100 permanent staff, but also hires personnel from outside, including big accounting firms.

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