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'Tour de Fraud' Earns Bank Record Fine

BNP Paribas fined almost $9B for bypassing sanctions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors at last made good on their promise to get a guilty plea out of a major bank yesterday, as BNP Paribas agreed to a record fine of almost $9 billion for violating US sanctions. The bank, the biggest in France, "perpetrated what was truly a Tour de... More »

Man on Run After Shooting Up Paris Bank, Newspaper

He's suspected of a Friday news channel shooting as well

(Newser) - A manhunt is under way in Paris for a man believed to have opened fire at a newspaper office and a bank branch before hijacking a car. A man with a shaved head burst into the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation this morning and opened fire, hitting a photographer's... More »

Now 16 Banks Subpoenaed in Libor Mess

Bank of America, Credit Suisse drawn into probe

(Newser) - Add nine more top banks to the list of subpoenas in the Libor scandal: Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Canada, Rabobank, Societe Generale, Norinchukin Bank, and West LB were all handed subpoenas in August and September, the Wall Street Journal... More »

SocGen 'Rogue Trader' Gets 3 Years in Prison

And fined $6.36B

(Newser) - A Paris appeals court today sent Societe Generale "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel to prison for three years today and ordered him to repay his employers roughly $7 billion. The ruling upholds a lower court's sentence that according to the AP shocked many in France, where many bought into... More »

Société Générale Probed Over Role in Ponzi Scheme

Justice Dept. will probe whether subsidiary ignored suspicious transactions

(Newser) - The Justice Department has launched a criminal probe against a subsidiary of Société Générale that alleged Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford funneled money through, based on suspicions that it ignored some fishy transactions, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . A Société Générale spokesman confirmed... More »

Gadhafi Stashed Cash on Wall Street

Deals appear to have been legal

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi has a hefty chunk of Libya's money parked right here on Wall Street. The advocacy group Global Witness has released a document revealing that Libya’s sovereign wealth fund has invested $53 billion with help from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, HSBC, and European bank Société Gé... More »

SocGen Rogue Trader Guilty; Must Repay $6.7B

Kerviel will serve 3 years in prison in bank meltdown

(Newser) - A trader who brought Societe Generale to the brink of collapse in 2008 has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay the $6.7 billion his unauthorized trades cost the French bank. Jerome Kerviel, 33, was found guilty of breach of trust and computer hacking and... More »

SocGen Chief Resigns Amid Growing Outcry

Executive pay scandal, $6.4B fraud fallout push Bouton to quit

(Newser) - The chairman of Société Générale announced his resignation today amid growing public criticism of his performance, Reuters reports. Daniel Bouton had been scolded by Nicolas Sarkozy for his handling of the rogue trading affair that cost the bank $6.4 billion; last month the president attacked the... More »

Hackers Get Bank Accounts of Sarko's Dad, Ex-Wife

Investigators now believe thieves may have been politically motivated

(Newser) - The same hackers who stole small amounts of money from Nicolas Sarkozy’s bank account appear to have gotten into the accounts of his father and first wife as well, the Times of London reports. They didn't steal money but rather set up phony cell-phone accounts. Police initially thought the... More »

Banks Lead Europe Market Plunge

EU leaders' disagreements sow fear

(Newser) - Financial stocks led sharp declines across European markets this morning after the continent's finance ministers failed to agree on a joint effort to stem the crisis. By 10 a.m. in London the FTSE was down 5.2%, with troubled banking giant HBOS plummeting 15%. In Frankfurt the Dax was... More »

Rally Goes On, Modestly

Cisco provides some good news, though investors not totally cheered

(Newser) - Oil prices continued to fall, spurring modest gains for the markets today, but Freddie Mac’s enormous second-quarter loss signified that the housing and credit crises are not over yet, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow rose 40.30 to close at 11,656.07. The Nasdaq gained 28.... More »

Rogue Trader Gets a Job

IT company hires man behind biggest trading scandal in history

(Newser) - Jérôme Kerviel is working once again, despite having cost France’s Société Générale $7.68 billion in unauthorized trading. Released from prison a few weeks ago, the rogue trader is employed as an IT consultant for a French company specializing in networks and security, the... More »

Rogue Trader to Sue SocGen

Kerviel claims his accounts were in the black

(Newser) - The rogue trader whose $7.8 billion in transactions nearly sank Société Générale has filed papers in preparation for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, the Times of London reports. Jérôme Kerviel will claim the French bank has failed to prove he did anything wrong. He was... More »

France Frees Rogue Trader Kerviel

He'll be under 'judicial control' during probe of $8B SocGen loss

(Newser) - Jerome Kerviel, the trader accused of an $8 billion fraud that nearly brought down Societe Generale, has been freed by a Paris court after five weeks in detention, the Guardian reports. The trader, who faces charges including breach of trust and falsifying documents, will remain free while the case is... More »

Second SocGen Broker Held in Kerviel Probe

Could derail rogue trader's chances of getting released

(Newser) - Authorities have taken a second Societe Generale employee into custody and conducted a search of La Defense headquarters, as the probe into unauthorized securities trading that cost the French bank $7.6 billion expands, reports Bloomberg. Police are holding a broker from a bank subsidiary, said a SocGen spokeswoman. Another... More »

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