The governor of the Bank of England has strongly condemned Lloyds Banking Group for its attempts to manipulate two key interest rates.
Part of Lloyds' £218m fine from US and UK regulators relates to its attempts to reduce the fees it paid to the Bank of England for the Special Liquidity Scheme - a government programme to help struggling banks during the financial crisis.
The Bank of England has now published a letter from governor Mark Carney to the chairman of Lloyds, Lord Blackwell.
"Such manipulation is highly reprehensible, clearly unlawful and may amount to criminal conduct on the part of the individuals involved," Mr Carney wrote.
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