The deal would end the criminal probe into the corruption case involving the Malaysian governmentâ€™s investment fund, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
An Asian subsidiary involved in the case is expected to plead guilty this week, allowing Goldman to avoid pleading guilty â€” a key development, as such a plea would damage its ability to do business, according to the report.
A spokesperson for the bank declined to comment on the status of the case.
The Justice Department has said more than $4.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB by high-level officials at the fund and their associates between 2009 and 2015.
Goldman helped raise $6.5 billion for the fund, and two ex-bankers are accused of misappropriating billions, bribing officials and giving false statements in relation to bond issues they arranged for the fund.
The Malaysian government dropped the charges against Goldman in July after reaching a $3.9 billion settlement with the financial giant.
The firm, which posted profits of $3.5 billion in the latest quarter, had set aside more than $3.1 billion as of September 30 â€œfor litigation and regulatory proceedings.â€�
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