Banker Busted for Role in Financial Crisis
Ex-Credit Suisse exec faces extradition to US
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2012 2:19 AM CDT
Credit Suisse says it fired Serageldin and two colleagues after it uncovered wrongdoing in 2008.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella)

(Newser) – A former Credit Suisse banker accused of contributing to the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to boost his bonus has been arrested in Britain and faces extradition to the US. Kareem Serageldin, who was arrested outside the US Embassy in London, allegedly inflated the values of mortgage-backed securities as the US housing market collapsed in an attempt to hide losses and secure a hefty year-end bonus, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Serageldin, who was fired as global head of the bank's Structured Credit Trading business in 2008, is the highest-ranking Wall Street banker to be charged in connection with the financial crisis. If extradited to the US, he will face charges including conspiracy, falsification of books and records, and wire fraud. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and the other two charges could get him up to 20 years. Prosecutors say the banker was caught on tape objecting to a colleague's suggestion that certain bonds needed to be marked down by up to $20 million. "That's a lot of money, dude," he said.

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Sep 27, 2012 12:28 PM CDT
Finally. There are plenty more that need to be brought up on charges.
Sep 27, 2012 9:02 AM CDT
But, But, But, the right wingers all said it was the poor black people getting homes that caused the financial crisis!
Sep 27, 2012 7:55 AM CDT
As I grow older and wiser to the ways of our Judicial system one fact hits hard for me and that is...Those with money, serious money, can buy a lot of justice in this country. In other words, Kareem won't see a days jail time over these charges.