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'Dead' Man Caught After 18 Months on the Run

Tinted car windows did Aubrey Lee Price in

(Newser) - Things that happened to banker Aubrey Lee Price in 2012: The FBI started looking for him, and he apparently convinced his family (and a judge) that he had offed himself. The convoluted case took a big turn on Tuesday, though, when a Dodge Ram was stopped in Brunswick, Ga., due... More »

Anti-Islam Filmmaker Gets Year in Prison

Mark Basseley Youssef violated probation for bank fraud

(Newser) - A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, was sentenced today by US District Court Judge Christina Snyder after... More »

Crooked Corporate America Is Killing Capitalism

Scandals destroying trust, which markets need to function

(Newser) - With Britain's Libor scandal piling on top of an endless parade of stories of crooked finances—hundreds of billions of dollars in lousy mortgages and securities, entire towns going bankrupt , Wall Street execs saying they need to break the law to be successful, and more—Americans' trust in banks,... More »

DC's No. 2 Politician Resigns After Fraud Charge

Kwame Brown charged with lying on bank loan application

(Newser) - The second highest-ranking politician in the Washington, DC, city government resigned yesterday, just hours after being charged with bank fraud for allegedly inflating his income by tens of thousands of dollars in order to secure a home loan and purchase a $50,000, 38-foot powerboat, reports the Washington Post . Sources... More »

Iran Uncovers Biggest Financial Scam Ever

19 arrested for alleged role in $2.6B bank fraud

(Newser) - Iran has arrested 19 people suspected of being involved in a $2.6 billion bank fraud scheme that is considered the largest in the country's history, reports the AP . Prosecutors say that more arrests are coming. The fraudsters allegedly used forged documents to get credit at a leading financial... More »

Ex-Citigroup VP Charged With Embezzling $19.2M

He allegedly stole more than $19M

(Newser) - Former Citigroup vice president Gary Foster has been charged with embezzling more than $19 million from the company. Foster, 35, was nabbed yesterday at JFK airport in New York, after arriving on a flight from Bangkok, Reuters reports. Prosecutors say that between May 2009 and December 2010, Foster funneled the... More »

Not Bank's Fault Hackers Stole $300K From Account

Customer should have done more to protect itself, judge rules

(Newser) - Hackers were able to steal more than $300,000 from a client’s Ocean Bank account, but according to a Maine judge’s ruling, the bank is not responsible. Though the judge acknowledged the bank didn’t follow “best” security practices, he ultimately ruled the customer should have done... More »

Audits: Top Mortgage Firms Defrauded Taxpayers

Confidential reports could lead to prosecutions

(Newser) - A set of confidential audits could lead to fraud prosecutions for five of America’s biggest mortgage lenders, officials briefed on the documents tell the Huffington Post . The scathing documents accuse Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Ally Financial of defrauding taxpayers by making false claims about... More »

Banks to Pay SEC for Financial Crisis Fraud

They're near deal to settle allegations on mortgage-bond deals

(Newser) - A number of top Wall Street banks are on the verge of settling fraud allegations with the SEC for the mortgage-bond shenanigans that led to the financial crisis, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The cases are being handled individually, since each bank faces substantially different charges, with the first... More »

Morgan Stanley Hit With Criminal Investigation

Prosecutors looking into mortgage deals

(Newser) - Looks like Goldman Sachs might have some company. Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into some of Morgan Stanley's mortgage derivative deals, the Wall Street Journal reports. Morgan Stanley created several mortgage-backed CDOs that it then bet against. Some it marketed itself, while others were sold by Citigroup and... More »

Warren Buffett to Sound Off on Goldman Sachs

Berkshire Hathaway honcho promises 'extensive' remarks

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs might want to brace itself. Warren Buffett, who just happens to be one of the firm's biggest investors, is ready to “fire at will” during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reports. “I expect to get multiple questions about Goldman,”... More »

Translation: Goldman Sachs to English

Bankers' lingo reveals firm's real intentions, if you know how to read it

(Newser) - The Senate panel investigating Goldman Sachs will have an easier job if it embraces one profound truth, Jonathan Weil writes for Bloomberg : "What you must realize, foremost, is that Goldman's employees speak their own distinct language." Some translations:
  • Sophisticated, as in "among the most sophisticated mortgage investors
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Fabulous Fab: 'I Regret the Emails'

Goldman Sachs exec Fabrice Tourre faces Senate panel

(Newser) - Fabrice Tourre, the 31-year-old trader who is the only company official directly accused in the SEC suit against Goldman Sachs, testified today that he does not recall telling investors a Goldman hedge fund client had bought into an investment that soured. "I deny categorically the SEC's allegation," Tourre... More »

Goldman Dodges Damning Questions

Levin assaults firm on 'shitty deal,' Collins on responsibilities

(Newser) - If you enjoy high-quality squirming and stuttering, tune in to the Goldman Sachs Senate hearing. The assembled executives and former executives have been furiously dodging a series of tough questions from Carl Levin and Susan Collins. “Boy, that Timberwolf was one shitty deal,” Levin read from an internal... More »

Senate Berates 'Unethical' Goldman

As Code Pink protesters yell 'these guys are crooks'

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs took its lumps on Capitol Hill today, with the Senate investigations subcommittee berating it for taking positions against the securities it was selling. After a brief protest from Code Pink, chairman Carl Levin began the hearing by saying Goldman had treated its customers "not as valuable customers... More »

Lawsuit: Merrill Lynch Did Same Deal as Goldman

Dutch bank points out similarities to US judge

(Newser) - Pro Publica has reported that Goldman Sachs wasn't the only bank hawking built-to-fail mortgage investments, and now it has emails accusing Merrill Lynch of the practice. The Dutch bank Rabobank is suing Merrill, and as soon as it saw the charges against Goldman, it sent an email to the US... More »

It's Time to Stop the Looters on Wall Street

And financial reform is the only way to do that

(Newser) - The SEC's charges against Goldman Sachs reveal a whole new kind of fraud at work in the financial crisis, writes Paul Krugman of the New York Times . If Goldman had simply sold securities while betting they would fail, it would be “reprehensible” but not illegal. But selling securities deliberately... More »

Why Goldman Will Settle—and Fire Blankfein

With mob calling for blood, prolonged fight would cost too much

(Newser) - Say sayonara to Lloyd Blankfein, who will soon be ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs, predicts Henry Blodget of Business Insider . It's not that Blankfein knew about the shady hedge fund deal that's landed Goldman in trouble with the SEC, it's that “as the universal jubilation and chop-licking that greeted the... More »

Other Wall St. Banks as Guilty as Goldman

Many engaged in same activities SEC is now calling fraudulent

(Newser) - The SEC's fraud suit against Goldman Sachs might be just the tip of the iceberg, because other investment banks engaged in exactly the same sleight of hand, Pro Publica reports. Goldman is accused of failing to disclose that a hedge fund was both helping to create, and betting against, the... More »

Madoff Sent to Prison's Medical Wing

But there's no word from officials on what's wrong

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff has been transferred to the medical facility at the federal prison in North Carolina where he has been serving his 150-year sentence since July. A spokeswoman tells Bloomberg the Ponzi schemer was transferred on Dec. 18, but would not say why. Neither a federal prisons official nor Madoff’... More »

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