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Police search headquarters of French bank BNP

In a French probe linked to the Bernard Madoff fraud scandal, police seized a series of documents during a search at the BNP Paribas bank headquarters on March 26, according to judicial officials.

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AFP - French police have searched the headquarters of BNP Paribas bank as part of a probe linked to Wall Street fraudster Bernard Madoff, a judicial official said Thursday.

Investigators from the financial police seized documents during the search on March 26 at the Paris offices, said the official.

French prosecutors last month opened a preliminary inquiry into BNP Paribas after a suit was filed against the French bank for forgery and use of forged documents.

Three preliminary investigations have been opened in France following complaints from investors who say they were conned by Madoff, who has been jailed for fraud, money laundering, perjury and theft in the United States.

Madoff, 70, faces a sentence of up to 150 years.

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