August 9, 2019 / 1:44 PM / a month ago

CORRECTED-Estonian prosecutor seizes 2 million euros from former Danske Bank employee

(Changes date for the seizure to last month)

COPENHAGEN, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Estonian prosecutors said on Friday that last month they had ordered a local court to seize around 2 million euros ($2.24 million) from a bank account belonging to a former Danske Bank employee as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering.

The money was sitting in a Latvian bank account belonging to one of 10 former employees at the local branch of Danske Bank arrested by Estonian police last December, Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress reported.

A spokeswoman for the Estonian general prosecutor confirmed the news to Reuters on Friday.

Authorities in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States are investigating payments totalling 200 billion euros ($224 billion) made through the tiny Estonian branch of Denmark’s largest bank between 2007 and 2015.

The 10 people arrested in December were alleged to have been part of a network that facilitated flows of dirty money through the branch.

Danske Bank declined to comment.

$1 = 0.8928 euros Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; editing by Jason Neely

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