BASEL, Switzerland, March 28 (UPI) -- A French journalist says he has the documents to support his claim that Swiss bank UBS has helped French citizens evade taxes.
The Swiss Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday journalist Antoine Peillon said in a recent interview he has a file with both handwritten and electronic documents to support his allegation.
Among his records, Peillon said, is a list of 120 UBS employees who frequently travel between France and Switzerland.
In a statement, UBS said it denied the claim and would take "appropriate legal means" to defend itself against what it called "false allegations."
In 2009, UBS employee reported to U.S. authorities that the bank frequently solicited business from U.S. clients with the promise that it could help them hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service.
UBS paid $780 million to settle the case and eventually gave up the names of 4,500 U.S. clients, which greatly compromised the Swiss claim that its banks were among the most secret in the world.