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A former banker of Credit Suisse Wednesday pleaded guilty to assisting US customers avoid taxes by hiding assets in secret Swiss bank accounts. Andreas Bachmann, a Swiss citizen, admitted that between 1994 and 2006 he engaged in a "wide-ranging" conspiracy to defraud US tax officials, the Justice Department said. Bachmann, 56, pleaded guilty to one criminal count and faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and other penalties. Credit Suisse maintained thousands of secret accounts for US customers with as much as $3 billion in assets, Justice has said.