WASHINGTON -- Clark Clifford, a former secretary of defense, adviser to Presidents, and chairman of First American Bankshares in Washington, was indicted Wednesday by federal and New York grand juries of alleged secret dealings with Bank of Credit and Commerce International of Luxembourg.

Indicted along with Mr. Clifford on fraud charges was Robert Altman, his law partner and former president of First American, which regulators found was secretly controlled by the scandal-plagued BCCI.

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