Official: Swiss finance chief meeting US atty gen

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting in Washington Friday with Swiss finance minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf amid an ongoing investigation into Credit Suisse Group.

A U.S. law enforcement official says the meeting occurs as the Justice Department weighs criminal charges against Zurich-based Credit Suisse. U.S. authorities are investigating whether the bank helped wealthy American clients evade taxes by keeping money in secret accounts. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Credit Suisse said in 2011 that it had been informed of the investigation and would cooperate with U.S. authorities within the limits set by Swiss banking secrecy laws.

The bank stopped providing private banking services outside the U.S. to Americans in 2008.