The so-called “Lagarde List” is causing trouble in Greece again, with new reports linking it to the very top levels of political society.
On Sunday two Greek weekly magazines, To Vima and Proto Thema, reported that Margarita Papandreou, mother of former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, had been linked to a mysterious Swiss bank account by members of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE).
The largest figure on the Lagarde List was a 550 million euro deposit ($714 million) under the name Maria Panteli, but according to reports in To Vima, Nikolaos Lekkas, the Manager-Comptroller of SDOE, said that, “behind the biggest deposit on the list is Mrs. Margarita Papandreou.”
Lekkas has since denied every mentioning Margarita Papendreou’s name, according to E Kathimerini.
The Papandreous have come out against the reports too. “The publications… are clearly targeting me and the policies I implemented against all manner of political and personal interests,” George Papandreou said in a statement in response to the articles. His mother, who had been married to former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, said the article was a personal attack on her family, according to Greek Reporter.
While George Papandreou stepped down from the Prime Ministers office in 2011, he remains a member of parliament. His mother has an interesting history too, as Zero Hedge notes, born as Margaret Chant in the US and meeting her future husband at the University of Minnessota where he was a (married) professor.