Prosecutors in Bonn, Germany, have reviewed Jan Ullrich's bank records and announced Thursday that the records show that the cyclist transferred 25,000 Euros from his bank in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, to an account of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes in early 2004. In addition, there was another "significantly higher" sum transferred at the beginning of 2006, about which no further details were yet available, according to prosecutor Jörg Schindler.
Ullrich was forced to turn his bank records over to the investigators earlier this summer, as part of an investigation into whether he deceived his former employer, T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom. Ullrich has consistently denied knowing Dr. Fuentes or ever having doped. In April it was announced that blood taken into custody in Operación Puerto was matched to Ullrich's DNA sample.
Ullrich's attorney, Johan Schwenn, called the announcement "not serious." He said that he was surprised "at how the prosecutor is trying to feed its meagre findings to a hungry press." He refused to comment on the facts of the case.
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