December 6, 2019 / 4:22 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. agencies looking into Goldman-1MDB settlement below $2 billion - Bloomberg

Men walk past a 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) billboard at the fund's flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) could end up paying less than $2 billion to resolve criminal and regulatory probes over its role in raising money for scandal-ridden Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing three people familiar with the negotiations.

While a settlement could be announced as soon as next month, the terms could change before a deal is finalized, according to the report.

The Justice Department and other federal agencies have weighed seeking penalties between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, which is less than what some analysts have signaled Goldman might have to pay, Bloomberg reported.

Malaysia has charged Goldman and 17 current and former directors of its units for allegedly misleading investors over bond sales totaling $6.5 billion that the U.S. bank helped raise for sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Goldman Sachs spokeswoman Maeve DuVally said the bank continues to cooperate with the regulators’ investigations, but declined to comment further. The Department of Justice also declined to comment.

Shares of the U.S lender were up 2.7% in the afternoon trade.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert in Washington and C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Arun Koyyur

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