Filipino businessman denies links to money laundering scheme

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino businessman, one of six people reportedly under investigation for the alleged laundering of $81 million dollars stolen by computer hackers from a U.S. account of Bangladesh's central bank, is asking authorities to unfreeze his bank accounts, saying he was not involved.

Ramon Esguerra, a lawyer for William S. Go, said Friday that the accounts registered under Go's name and his company, Centurytex Trading, at a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. were bogus. He said Go's signature for the account was forged.

Go's lawyers filed a motion asking the Court of Appeals to unfreeze his accounts in other banks.

The Bangladesh central bank said earlier this week that it is trying to recover $100 million allegedly stolen from an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.