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1MDB: Ng trial witness details links between Goldman and Najib

Leissner hoped others in Asia 'would take notice' by dealing with ex-Malaysia PM

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng arrives at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 22.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- When a nondescript Malaysian man racking up six-figure tabs and fleets of Cadillac Escalades caught the attention of New York's jet set during Fashion Week in 2009, the city's tabloid of choice, the New York Post, was obliged to run a story profiling Low Taek Jho -- better known as Jho Low -- to figure out who the new "mystery man" about town was.

But the publicity was bad news for Goldman Sachs bankers Tim Leissner and Roger Ng, who had been doing business with Low and looking to bring him on as a private client with the bank. Goldman, one of the world's most prestigious investment banks, did not like to see tabloid headlines associated with prospective clients, nor could they find the source of Low's seemingly bottomless funds.

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