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Australia's Westpac files lawsuit against Forum Finance for alleged fraud

July 2 (Reuters) - Westpac Banking Corp said on Friday that it started legal proceedings against Forum Finance after it discovered a potential fraud regarding equipment leases arranged by the financial services provider for the lender’s customers.

Australia’s no. 2 bank has a potential exposure of around A$200 million ($149.22 million) after tax with the extent of loss depending on the outcome of an investigation into the alleged fraud, it said in a statement.

$1 = 1.3403 Australian dollars Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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