MPs have asked the Financial Conduct Authority and the National Crime Agency (NCA) for an update on their investigation into claims of widespread signature forgery at British banks. The Bank Signature Forgery Campaign says it has submitted more than 360 crime reports backed by 19 files of documentary evidence and testimony from handwriting experts to the NCA. The allegations include forgery, perverting the course of justice and proceeds of crime money laundering offences, with allegations made against banks including Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland – all of which deny wrongdoing. In a letter to FCA chief executive Nikhil Rathi and the NCA’s Graeme Biggar, Treasury Select Committee chair Mel Stride has asked for details of what the authorities are doing to address the allegations, what offences they believe may have been committed and the legal arguments being considered.
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