National Credit Union Administration Sues Wall Street Banks For Fraud In Mortgage Market

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 8:35 am

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a government regulator, has filed a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, Barclays, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, and UBS for selling fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to credit unions. The sales of these securities amounted to $2.7 billion. Goldman Sachs, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Ally Securities also allegedly sold faulty securities according to one of the credit unions involved in the lawsuit.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sheila Bair, Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street From Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 1:59 pm

Bull by the Horns is the story of financial calamity seen from the perspective of this public servant, rendered from detailed notes. We learn with whom she met, what was said, what decisions taken, and how things turned out. She begins with the battles over deregulation of the banks (Basel II), with the gathering sub-prime storm, and proceeds through the disaster: WaMu, Wachovia, Citigroup, Bank of America, AIG, Citigroup again. And then the battles of the aftermath, over among other things Dodd-Frank, Basel III and the robosigning frauds. This is a book for aficionados of infuriating detail.

Andrew Ross Sorkin Sheds Tears for Socially Minded Wall Street Chieftains

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 7:20 am

Andrew Ross Sorkin uses his column today to highlight to troubles of those suffering the most from the downturn: the CEOs of major banks who bought up failing competitors in the midst of the financial crisis. Jamie Dimon, J.P. Morgan’s CEO, get center stage for having to deal with Bear Stearns’ legal liabilities, but Sorkin also has some tears for Wells Fargo, which bought up Wachovia, and Bank of America, which took over Merrill Lynch.

SEC Whitewashes Wells Fargo

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 3:38 pm

SEC enforcement is pathetic. As if you didn’t already know that.

How Allowing Money Laundering Keeps Our Bubblicious Finance Afloat

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 7:37 am

Last June, Bloomberg did a long story on the Deferred Prosecution Agreement that Wachovia negotiated with DOJ. As “punishment” for helping Mexican drug gangs to launder more than $363 billion through casas de cambios for three years, Wachovia had to pay $50 million fine and a $110 million forfeiture of the proceeds that were clearly from drug gangs.

“Creative” Wall Street and Money-Laundering: Citibank as Heir to BCCI, Riggs Bank

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 8:55 am

The efforts to keep Wall Street and all its celebrated creativity intact could serve to make it easier for banks like Wachovia to engage in widespread money-laundering. That is, it’s not just shadow banking as it is politely understood, but banking for entire shadow networks, both our own and our enemies.

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