New York (May 11, 2004) — Financial services conglomerate Citigroup said it would pay $2.65 billion to settle a class-action suit filed by  shareholders of WorldCom stocks and bonds who charged that the company was complicit in the telecommunications concern’s massive accounting fraud.

Citigroup — which admitted no wrongdoing — said it would pay the settlement amount, which will be roughly $1.64 billion after taxes, to investors who acquired WorldCom stocks or bonds between April 29, 1999, and June 25, 2002.

WorldCom filed for bankruptcy in 2002 in the wake of a behemoth accounting scandal of more than $11 billion. Scott Sullivan, the company's former CFO, pled guilty to criminal charges, and former WorldCom chief executive Bernard Ebbers was subsequently indicted.

A January report from former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh on the massive bankruptcy stated that Ebbers had a relationship with investment bankers from Citigroup.

The company, now known as MCI, emerged from bankruptcy last month.

— WebCPA staff

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