Greece gets list of Swiss bank depositors _ again
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's finance ministry says French authorities have once again given it details of Greeks with bank accounts in Switzerland for use in investigating possible tax evasion, after an original list was ignored, misplaced and discredited.
A ministry statement said the document was received Friday and promptly forwarded to prosecutors.
Greece's handling of the information stirred deep resentment amid the widespread perception that rich tax-evaders still enjoy an easy ride despite the country's acute debt crisis.
The list drew from data on 24,000 HSBC customers that the bank reported stolen.
Athens got the list in 2010 but did nothing, as it had been allegedly irregularly obtained through a former HSBC employee. It resurfaced weeks ago, but prosecutors investigating the case demanded the original, citing fears their copy might have been doctored.