Credit Suisse places five employees on leave over tax probe

October 9, 2016 9:41 AM EDT

The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse has placed five employees on leave while it carries out an internal investigation related to tax matters, the Swiss bank said on Sunday.

Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported earlier the bank's action was in connection with a U.S. investigation into Credit Suisse's Israeli unit over possible tax evasion.

"Credit Suisse is carrying out an internal investigation relating to tax matters," the bank said in a statement. "The review is focusing on employee conduct."

Media reports first surfaced in June that the U.S. Department of Justice was conducting a probe to determine whether Credit Suisse employees in Israel helped dual Israeli and U.S. citizens to evade American taxes.

Credit Suisse did not comment on further details of the investigation.

(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; editing by Clelia Oziel)

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