. Both media and police have been quick to label the deaths as likely
suicides. Missing from the reports is the salient fact that all three
of the financial firms the executives worked for are under investigation
for potentially serious financial fraud.
The deaths began on Sunday, January 26. London police reported that
William Broeksmit, a top executive at Deutsche Bank who had retired in
2013, had been found hanged in his home in the South Kensington section
of London. The day after Broeksmit was pronounced dead, Eric Ben-Artzi, a
former risk analyst turned whistleblower at Deutsche Bank, was
scheduled to speak at Auburn University in Alabama on his allegations
that Deutsche had hid $12 billion in losses during the financial crisis
with the knowledge of senior executives. Two other whistleblowers have
brought similar charges against Deutsche Bank.
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