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The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations
A national scandal: The government refused to help a French investigation into money laundering and tax fraud - citing the fact the company is "the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party"
Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  fraud  money  laundering  London  UK  vested  interest  lobby  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance  Theresa  May  JAM 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Couple scammed out of £57,000 fear being homeless at Christmas | Money | The Guardian
doesn't even need social engineering. just very targeted, knowing their business, hacking attack (eg phishing through password change see podesta) and remain undetected for a long time just listening in on the email inbox. and jumping in when the situation comes. // in the end encryption didn't help. would help if there were a 2-auth process for those transactions (business ops, business it security) if you cant be 100% sure that your employees fall for phishing, impersonation, or social engineering (there have been reports of secretaries and assistants falling for social engineering to transfer large amounts for bogus but believable business transactions)
phishing  fraud  scam  cyber  IT  security  private  end  user  social  engineering  crime  impersonation  identity 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
(1928) Keiser Report: Financialized Economy (E1088) - YouTube
All the Plenary’s Men // tbtf is a protection racket!!! (FSB, SFO, systemic relevant banks) & laws - immunity from protection - protects people from prosecution. ... tbtf "global banking cartel" - they can to no wrong. more powerful than the gov. sovereign power.
HSBC  money  laundering  London  GFC  compliance  oversight  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  George  Osborne  benbernanke  FSB  BIS  BOE  centralbanks  SFO  fraud  UK  USA  ECB  systemic  White-collar  crime  banking  TBTF  toobigtofail  bank  bailout  Transparency  accountability  Russia  War  on  Drugs  corruption  lobby  tax  evasion  avoidance  terrorism  terror  ethics  governance  abuse  Military–industrial  complex 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Government Faces Labour Questions Over Universal Credit Risks
documents obtained under freedom of information showed a risk of fraudulent activity and cyberattacks. [...] It was finally disclosed this month by the department after a freedom of information request by John Slater, a former IT project manager, and Tony Collins, an investigative journalist, following a four-year legal battle. [...] The documents, which date from 2012, contain a line in which parts of the project are described as “pushing above the programme funding envelope”. They also raise concerns that the programme lacks a “robust framework of assurances”, which means “rework” may be needed if elements of the project are “not fit for purpose”. Fears over staffing are described, with concerns over “skilled staff resources not in the right place at the right time”. [...] “shocking” to see “essential considerations” like fraud and cyber security not being “at the core of [UC]” from the start.
DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Stephen  Crabb  Universal  Credit  cyber  attack  Fraud  benefit  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  transparency  accountability  Whitehall  Westminster  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  cyber  crime 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Investors urge fast food and pub chains to act to reduce farm antibiotics
A group of powerful City investors who together control more than $1tn in assets have written to leading fast food, pub and restaurant chains urging them to take immediate action to reduce antibiotic use in their meat and poultry supply chains. [...] UK human campylobacter infections have become more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Percentage of human campylobacter cases tested that showed some degree of resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin - approaches 50%!!! [...] Of the 17,332 human campylobacter cases tested in 2015 for resistance to ciprofloxacin, 48% had some degree of resistance to the drug. In 2005, this figure was 30%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Panama Papers (BBC)
links to 72 current or former heads of state [...] dictators looting their own countries [...] helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions & evade tax. [...] never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing [...] company is a corporate screen established principally to protect the identity and confidentiality of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company. [...] + Icelandic Prime Minister //&! bbc.in/232EEVN &! How To Insight - bbc.in/1M8Xi6N &! The Guardian - bit.ly/232F3Hz &! Reddit - redd.it/4d8rta &! panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de & live ticker tuesday - bbc.in/23cAl6M &! bbc.in/1TyCuXT - Panama is British Territory as is Cayman Islands et al. //&! Change the rules and close the loopholes! Duh. No need to ask others to stop doing business or change their rules!
Panama  Papers  tax  amnesty  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  money  laundering  offshore  banking  white-collar  crime  white-collar  fraud  tax  loopoles  HMRC  shareholder  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  Whistleblower  corruption  bribery  investment  banking  revolving  door  lobby  Greed  GFC  Super  Rich  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  austerity  budget  deficit  George  Osborne  double  standard  governance  transparancy  accountability  transparency  sanctions 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Privatising Industry in Europe
Do you wonder why the 'Troika' persists in its privatisation agenda despite the evidence of its failures and the growing economic and social costs?
The report “The Privatising Industry in Europe”, written by Sol Trumbo Vila and Matthijs Peters for the Transnational Institute, TNI, suggests two possible motives and shows who the ‪#‎BigWinners‬ of those privatisations are. - https://www.tni.org/en/publication/the-privatising-industry-in-europe - The rationale put forward by advocates of privatisation does not stand up to the evidence. Privatisation has failed to provide promised revenue as only profitable firms are being sold and consistently at undervalued prices. Meanwhile the latest research by the IMF and by European universities show that there is no evidence that the privatised firms are more efficient than state-owned firms. [...] Privatisation in Europe has encouraged a growth in corruption,
Privatisation  austerity  Troika  neoliberal  neoliberalism  trickle-down  economics  oligarchy  plutocracy  1%  Super  Rich  shareholder  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  Main  Street  budget  deficit  Richard  Koo  exploitation  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  Yanis  Varoufakis  IMF  World  Bank  economic  history  dogma  ideology  Royal  Mail  white-collar  crime  white-collar  fraud  corruption  bribery  nepotism  Schwarze  Kassen  Schwarzkasse  Chicago  School  free  market  self-regulation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Politicking: Matt Taibbi on America's 'Injustice System' - YouTube
worship culture of success. [...] jail is for poor people. [...] securities fraud go jail free w fine, and do benefit/welfare fraud, go straight to jail! // For Profit Bail System - on YouTube Vice Channel. //&! Matt Taibbi, "The Divide" - youtu.be/k4CohXkdR0w //&! Matt Taibbi: Minding the Wealth Gap - youtu.be/KiRe1PK3zkM //&! Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Jail: Matt Taibbi, Bernie Sanders Town Hall 2013 - youtu.be/d-nh8DYJvlM //&! Matt Taibbi: The Conspiracy To Destroy Our Pensions - youtu.be/ZIDfyfXDGME //&! Matt Taibbi explores US criminal injustice with Bill Maher - youtu.be/uS9LHBPTM7A //&! The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (w/ Matt Taibbi) - youtu.be/iFl-o7qJHaY
white-collar  crime  mandatory  minimum  sentences  Beschaffungskriminalität  post-racial  America  racial  profiling  economic  justice  injustice  System  Law  &  Career  Politicians  War  on  Drugs  Precariat  deprivation  poverty  trap  USA  Gini  coefficient  prison–industrial  complex  inequality  meritocracy  meritocratic  American  Dream  education  policy  social  mobility  income  mobility  health  inequality  mental  health  mental  illness  chronic  stress  poverty  book  compassion  empathy  Greed  welfare  state  stigma  plutocracy  oligarchy  Super  Rich  1%  Fraud  securities-fraud  social  safety  net  Food  Stamps  Food  Bank  public  sentiment  prejudice  bias  downward  mobility  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  financial  accounting  scandal  corporate  scandal  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  interest  groups  vested  interest  too  big  to  jail  money  laundering  bribery  corruption  DOJ  SEC  presidency  barackobama  GFC  financial  product  economic  history  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  wage  stagnation  libor  rigging  scandal 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
"The Untouchables (2013)" PBS documentary about how the Holder Justice Department refused to prosecute Wall Street Fraud despite overwhelming evidence : Documentaries
faustian pact they've made. getting funded their elections by greedy crony capitalists. and are thus beholden to their calls they make and the framework they said they would give them funding for their campaign under. // "breakdown of internal controls [...] 60% of loans in possible portfolio did not meet its own standards, were still bought, put into portfolio" - Citigroup exec // Underfunded/understaffed/non-experience/no-stars @FBI and CIA! corporates have a bigger pocket and star lawyers who know how to position and spin. And without a Whistleblower/Leak it is nearly impossible if not for the case that the accused was really stupid and left a clear trail and or incriminates himself in paperwork/communication. // "criminal intent" //&! No Regrets at Countrywide - bloom.bg/1UptWQC //&! Countrywide’s Mozilo Said to Face U.S. Suit Over Loans - bloom.bg/1RMqPEA //&! NEW SUIT - No, the US government hasn’t forgotten about Countrywide founder Angelo Mozilo - bit.ly/1lQbEfD
GFC  banking  crisis  Greed  crony  capitalism  bank  bailout  economic  history  white-collar  crime  accounting  scandal  corporate  scandal  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  oligarchy  plutocracy  Super  Rich  1%  Fraud  securities-fraud  bonuses  bonus  financial  incentive  financial  literacy  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  Mozilo  CountrywideFinancial  Angelo  Mozilo  subprime  NINJA  Loan  non-performing  NPL  CDS  CDO  citigroup  misselling  misrepresentation  Consumer  Protection  misleading  Positioning  PR  spin  doctor  manufactured  consent  Whistleblower  Eric  Holder  presidency  barackobama  Party  Funding  Justice  System  economic  injustice  Washington  revolving  door  accountability  due  diligence  miconduct 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
How would you pull a Big Short in 2016? | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
The same institutions that were parading their restraint, largesse and deep concern for humanity in Davos last week are condemned in the movie by the designer of the “short”, Mark Baum, in the following terms: “We’re living in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking. But in government, education, food, religion, journalism, prisons, baseball ... Somehow, American values became: Fuck it, let’s grab what we can for now and the hell with tomorrow.”
American  Dream  Fraud  crony  capitalism  capitalism  self-regulation  oversight  white-collar  crime  accountability  shared  economic  interest  Greed  meritocracy  meritocratic  GFC  banking  crisis  economic  history  financial  crisis  business  cycle  financial  cycle  economic  cycle  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  plutocracy  oligarchy  Super  Rich  1%  social  democracy  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  revolving  door  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  exploitation  globalization  globalisation 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen Congress Hearing: Emissions scandal - watch live - YouTube
VW USA subsidiary CEO Michael Horn. // 'VW the people's car.' 36:40 - I had no understanding what a defeat device is & that it could be installed to cheat emission tests. [<< Symptom of being a conglomerate! Corporate Culture & Values.] min 38:09 - Is hardware, software & even has to do something with the fuel tank. In some models (gen 2) its just software & a sensor. // 49:20 - framing of the answer with EPA (influenced?), cars on the road right now, even they are not passing emissions test, "are legal & safe to drive for the owners." // min 57 NOx, air pollution. 'compensation will be part of discussion'. 40 times than allowable limit. // 1:11:00 - according to him, @ the current state of investigations, this was out of the engine-drivetrain-engineering/software/emissions department within VW. Was not a corporate executive decision from the top. [My 2 cents: more likely decision was made within those departments due to pressure from top to make the test pass happen. << 1:51:00]
VW  Volkswagen  conglomerate  corporate  culture  corporate  values  air  pollution  libor  rigging  scandal  banking  crisis  investment  banking  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  accountability  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  retail  banking  PPI  mis-selling  scandal  bank  crisis  CDO  CDS  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  corruption  bribery  Petroleum  automotive  autoindustry  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  white-collar  crime  Justice  System  Law  &  Justice  corporate  state  corporate  media  Positioning  Meat  Egg  Dairy  food  industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  conflict  of  interest  fiduciary  responsibility  exploitation  mainstreet.org  ethics  ethical  machine  democracy  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  double  standard  Abgas-Affäre  Interestrateswap  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  scandal  Chemical  Fashion  deception  PR  spin  doctor  monopsony  oligopol  madoff  Enron  Worldcom  BP  accounting  accounting  scandal  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  crony  capitalism  TBTF  too  big  to  jail  too  big  to  bail  Ego  arrogance  Monsanto  Protection  Act  patent  troll  intellectual  property  willful  ignorance  willful  negligence  DeepwaterHorizon  tax  code  consumer  fraud  Protection 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
What the VW scandal means for diesel cars - Newsnight - YouTube
"we will find other manufactures that installed defeat devices." // lax regulation and regulators, conflict of interest (partially financed by car manufacturers) with European Regulator/Test Center. // EU manufacturers focused R&D on Diesel. Japan and USA focused their R&D on Hybird and Electic technology. Could be long-term bet gone horribly wrong for EU manufacturers, especially for VW. Costing (long-term) shareholders and jobs (local, german economy). This saga will not end in 2-3 years. This has long-term implications, future sale, future models, outdated technology ie range of hybrid and electric cars. Competitiveness undermined long-term on many vecotrs. //&! youtu.be/3Pgdl9gsGeQ &! youtu.be/7DIGh7lNUoE &! youtu.be/hOTKIZgppbs - Volkswagen Cheating Scandal: How It Was Exposed &!
air  pollution  Abgas-Affäre  VW  Volkswagen  corporate  fraud  corporate  culture  corporate  governance  corporate  values  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  emissions  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  public  health  white-collar  crime  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  conglomerate  libor  rigging  scandal  CEO  Leadership  accountability  Brand  Petrol  Petroleum  Industry  Diesel  climate  change  global  warming 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash | Joris Luyendijk | Business | The Guardian
Joris Luyendijk spent two years talking to hundreds of City insiders. They revealed how close we came to disaster – and how quickly finance went back to business as usual [...] [Like in cycling, doping ... omerta ... blood brother ] The City is governed by a code of silence and fear of publicity; those caught talking to the press without a PR officer present could be sacked or sued. But once I had persuaded City insiders to talk (always and only on condition of anonymity), they were remarkably forthcoming.
GFC  economic  history  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  shadow  banking  NPL  credit  bubble  recovery  monetary  policy  modern  monetary  theory  TBTF  too  big  to  jail  too  big  to  bail  Oversight  transparency  accountability  CEO  pay  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  austerity  sovereign  debt  crisis  revolving  door  1%  ZIRP  reflate  reflation  NIRP  QE  Super  Rich  2015  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  London  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  investment  banking  retail  banking  fractional  reserve  banking  excess  reserves  libor  rigging  scandal  bribery  fraud  securities-fraud  corruption 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Banner “Fraud” Doesn’t Matter | Hacker News
bit.ly/1Jb27sI "A Message from brand marketers to publishers [...] We use banners as little billboards now. We use them strategically as incredibly cheap repeat impressions for brand awareness. We know many people don’t see them, we know most people don’t see them. Thats okay. We use them accordingly & the cost has been adjusted down to make them a perfectly great buy even though most people dont see them. [...] It’s an indicator to us that you don’t get this by the fact you’re still always talking about clickthrough, which was kind of BS when you first sold it to us twenty years ago, and doubly the case now." [ CPM will go lower, fundamentals point in that direction, Social Media & other future forms of advertising will fill in the lower CPM rates overall. Thus pressuring business models reliant on pageviews even more 2 increase pageviews as the revenue average per pageview declines. Thus u have 2 question which consumer product (entertainment & else) business model do you choose!?
display  advertising  banner  ads  advertising  click  fraud  AdSense  pageviews  Google  Search  brand  awareness  billboard  user  experience  user  engagement  Social  Media  eyeballs  CPM  Google  commoditization  clickthrough  native  advertising  branded  content  marketing  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Programmatic  advertisement  advertorial  business  model  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  SAAS  consumer  product  closetphile  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  sustainability  sustainable  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  added  creation  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  viral  coefficient  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  subscription  model  subscription  productivity  aspirational  aspirational  product  mass  market  niche  Popular  Culture  Pop  Culture  click  bait  clicks  Clickbait  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Newsfeed  gatekeeper  impression  metrics  commodity  business  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  paradgimshift  uncertainty  Evernote  DropBox  paywalls  paywall 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - GlaxoSmithKline to be investigated by UK fraud body
Whistleblowers 'valuable' In a statement, the Serious Fraud Office confirmed it had "opened a criminal investigation into the commercial practices of GlaxoSmithKline plc and its subsidiaries". The agency added that "whistleblowers are valuable sources of information to the SFO in its cases" and that it welcomes "approaches from anyone with inside information on all our cases, including this one". In April, BBC Panorama heard from whistleblower Jarek Wisniewiski, a former sales rep for GSK in the Polish region of Lodz, who told the programme that doctors had been paid to promote the company's asthma drug Seretide. Eleven doctors in the country and a GSK regional manager were charged over alleged corruption between 2010 and 2012, BBC Panorama revealed. Last July, Chinese authorities announced they were investigating GSK, detaining four Chinese GSK executives.
Whistleblower  Fraud  bribery  crony  capitalism  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  investigative  journalism  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  GSK  GlaxoSmithKline 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
The media invade our lives, corrupt the First... - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The media invade our lives, corrupt the First Amendment for the purpose of voyeurism (for profit), instead of taking risks for exposing fraud and ethical breaches. | Violation of Nakamoto's privacy by Goodman @truth_eater shd be reciprocal: journos should also have their privacy in jeopardy #skininthegame [...] Aside from cluelessness about "forensics", Goodman's treatment of Nakamoto marks the conflation of reporting with voyeurism [...] Can't figure out why I am so upset abt Nakamoto's privacy. Centuries of legal evolution based of burden of evidence. Sympathy for the man. [...] .@felixsalmon ETHICS: If .1% probability of error/harming yourself, you wouldn't take the risk. Why did she harm Nakamoto? #skininthegame [...] Severe invasion of privacy even if she is right. Unlike artists/polititicians he did not ask to have a public life. [...] Ms Goodman, there is something despicable about you and your profession. Voyeurism is not journalism. [...]violating people's privacy for profit?
celebrity  culture  Voyeurism  gossip  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  Public  Life  Privacy  fraud  ethical  moral  governance  corporate  governance  transparency  accountability  Career  Politicians  policy  Bitcoin 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC Sport - US government seeks £78m in damages over Armstrong affair
The US government is seeking more than £78m in damages after filing a lawsuit over the Lance Armstrong affair. The banned American cyclist, 41, is accused of violating his contract with his former team and is said to have been "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France. [...] The lawsuit also names former team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants. [...] According to the suit, the Postal Service (USPS) paid about $40m (£26.2m) to be the title sponsor of Armstrong's teams for six of his Tour de France victories. It added that Armstrong's salary during that time, excluding bonuses, was $17.9m (£11.7m). - Op Ed about Lawsuit - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22282255
anti-doping  lancearmstrong  fraud  doping 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - George Osborne warned by MPs over mortgage guarantee risks
Mr Osborne has said the housing market is still not functioning properly after the 2008 financial crisis, with the number of purchases by first-time buyers down 40% in the past five years. [...] >> haven't they learned anything? subprime and house price bubble created itself by state guarantees introduced by gwbush to push home owner ship. - history doesn't repeat, but rhymes - market prices though information. distortion by brining in more normally ineligible buyers. - Osborne tackling an effect of income stagnation and excessive inflation + zombie consumers and zombie banks. First-time buyers unable to put up deposit. >> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-20/uk-discloses-home-purchase-subsidy-part-its-latest-2013-budget
microeconomic  policy  monetary  policy  complexity  asset  bubble  Mark  Carney  monetary  theory  reflation  unintended  consequences  zombie  banks  liquidity-trap  distortion  davidcameron  BOE  subprime  political  folly  policy  folly  QE  2013  Plan  B  short-term  thinking  microeconomics  disequilibrium  economic  history  gwbush  mortgage  fraud  UK  error  equilibrium  fanniemae  unconventional  monetary  policy  ZIRP  austerity  USA  housing  bubble  zombie  consumer  mortgage  market  MervynKing  subsidies  freddiemac  economics  Funding  for  Lending  Scheme  GeorgeOsborne  subsidizing 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
Russland: Computer der Adenauer-Stiftung bei Razzien beschlagnahmt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Kreml sieht das offenbar anders. Mitte Februar warnte Präsident Putin vor einer Einflussnahme des Auslands auf die russische Gesellschaft, unter anderem durch die Finanzierung von NGOs. Putin sprach vor einem besonderen Publikum: Führungskadern des Inlandsgeheimdienstes FSB. Vereine und Stiftungen hätten kein Recht, "im Namen der ganzen russischen Gesellschaft zu sprechen, umso mehr, wenn sie aus dem Ausland gesteuert und finanziert werden". Vom Ausland unterstützte Nichtregierungsorganisationen sind dem Kreml spätestens seit den Parlaments- und Präsidentschaftswahlen vor fast anderthalb Jahren ein Dorn im Auge. Damals veröffentlichte vor allem die vom Westen unterstützte Wahlbeobachtergruppe Golos-Stimme massenhaft Hinweise auf Wahlmanipulationen. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/russland-gegen-ngo-s-ermittler-ueberpruefen-deutsche-stiftungen-a-890906.html
vladimirputin  2013  NGO  domestic  affairs  humanrights  foreign  policy  Dmitry  Medvedev  Europe  foreignaffairs  geopolitics  election  civil  rights  Russia  democracy  election  fraud 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
FraudBytes: Justice Department Admits They're Soft on Fraud
+ http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/03/failure-to-prosecute-fraud-causes-economic-downturns/ " I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions [banks] becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy" --- In fact, failing to prosecute criminal fraud has been destabilizing the economy since at least 2007 … and will cause huge crashes in the future. [...] Nobel prize winning economist George Akerlof has demonstrated that failure to punish white collar criminals – and instead bailing them out- creates incentives for more economic crimes and further destruction of the economy in the future.
justice  GFC  ethics  fraud  josephstiglitz  white-collar  worker  NINJA  loans  white-collar  crime  Law  &  barackobama  ponzischeme  banking  crisis  criminal  fraud  George  Akerlof  subprime  bank  crisis  lostdecade  greatrecession  moralhazard  trust  economic  history  mortgage  fraud  confidence  trustagent  white-collar  fraud  USA  greatdepression  DoJ  economics  toobigtofail  presidency 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Facebook setzt jetzt auf klassische Werbung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Facebook Design Relaunch: Aus einem Player mit einem notorisch manipulierbaren Werbemodell könnte so die potentiell reichweitenstärkste Anzeigenplattform der Welt werden. >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21698765 >> http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/facebook-huebscht-sich-fuer-werbung-auf-a-887539.html
businessmodel  targeted  advertising  marketing  social  media  advertisement  advertising  fraud  socialnetworks  YouTube  Twitter  Faceboo 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Would you rather be...
RE: Doping culture in cycling

Would you rather be an honorable person perceived to be a fraudster, or a fraudster mistaken for an honorable person? The answer can help you understand why otherwise good people do devious things to avoid standing up against prevailing beliefs.

@ RE: Ponzi Schemes that turns by mistake and one little wrong decision into a real huge Ponzi Scheme
ponzischeme  society  cycling  lancearmstrong  fraud  doping  culture 
january 2013 by asterisk2a
Barofsky On Geithner: "We Should See People In Handcuffs" | ZeroHedge
Neil Barofsky continues his vendetta against NYFed/Fed/Tim Geithner

because Fed, NYFed and BOE (and BBA) knew of LIBOR rigging, and they allowed it to happen (and continue) in a system whose very survival is increasingly reliant on rampant criminality (rigging and non-transparent indicators of solvency).

Barofsky says is that Geithner and other regulators who allowed Lieborgate to proceed should not only lose their job but we should "see [Geithner] in handcuffs."
bank  crisis  banking  crisis  greatrecession  GFC  transparency  incentive  accountability  toobigtofail  NYFed  BBA  misconduct  fraud  MervynKing  PaulTucker  BOE  collusion  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  barofsky  timgeithner 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
REVEALED: Corzine’s MF Global Was Client of Eric Holder’s Law Firm
revolving door between corporations / Wall Street / Law - to politics and justice departments and regulators - and vice versa.
regulators  revolving-door  WallStreet  lobby  barackobama  presidency  GFC  EricHolder  transparency  fraud  accountability  MFGlobal  DOJ 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Simon Johnson: The Federal Reserve and the Libor Scandal - NYTimes.com
Bernanke on banking scandals: “I think the real issue is too big to fail,” correct, but the market cannot fix this

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/Geithner-Memo-080601.pdf
This New York Fed memo stands out as a model of clear thinking about the deep governance problems that allowed Libor to become rigged.
At the same time, the timing and content of the memo raises troubling questions regarding the Fed’s own involvement in the Libor scandal – both then and now.

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/enfbarclaysorder062712.pdf

According to the recent order against and settlement with Barclays by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Libor “market” had by 2005 become a hotbed of collusion and price-fixing

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Fed is responsible 4 the “safety and soundness” of the financial system in the USA, THEY had to make a decision, either to let them fail (GFC) and thus the economy, the people and the world. LIBOR rigging scandal and TBTF is the aftermath et al
lobby  credibility  society  double-standard  WallStreet  corporate  governance  governance  accountability  confidence  trustagent  trust  2012  2008  bailout  BBA  misconduct  fraud  barclays  CFTC  MervynKing  timgeithner  PaulTucker  BOJ  ECB  BOE  Fed  NYFed  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  greatrecession  moral  moralhazard  GFC  toobigtofail  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  benbernake 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Bank of England governor claims he only knew of misreporting of Libor TWO WEEKS ago despite US warning in 2008 | Mail Online
Bank of England governor claims he only knew of misreporting of Libor TWO WEEKS ago despite US warning in 2008

Deputy governor Paul Tucker said the warning from the US 'did not set alarm bells ringing'
Emails have emerged showing the close relationship between Mr Tucker and former Barclays boss Bob Diamond
Labour MP claims the emails show the Bank of England 'tried to get banks to lower Libor rate'
Sir Mervyn told MPs that Barclays was in a 'state of denial' over regulatory concerns with the bank
He said the bank sailed 'too close to the wind' several times with regulators and said it was time to create 'a new bank with a new culture'

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* Obvious that during 2007/08/09 - everything was on the table to save the banks from collapse (the financial system, and global economy) and national bailouts. Obvious that they don't want to admit that they were willing to cross several lines (morally, ethically, and concerning laws). DOJ's & SFO job is to prosecute even at the top now!
confidence  trustagent  trust  2008  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  transparency  accountability  Willful  ignorance  fraud  misconduct  GFC  NYFed  BBA  bobdiamond  BOE  MervynKing  PaulTucker  LIBOR  rigging  scandal 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Guest Post: The Real Libor Scandal | ZeroHedge
The latest news completes the picture of banks and central banks manipulating interest rates in order to prop up the prices of bonds and other debt instruments. We have learned that the Fed has been aware of Libor manipulation (and thus apparently supportive of it) since 2008. Thus, the circle of complicity is closed. The motives of the Fed, Bank of England, US and UK banks are aligned, their policies mutually reinforcing and beneficial. The Libor fixing is another indication of this collusion.

Unless bond prices can continue to rise as new debt is issued, the era of rigged bond prices might be drawing to an end. It would seem to be only a matter of time before the bond bubble bursts.
NYFed  Fed  BOE  fraud  collusion  misconduct  bond  bubble  LIBOR  rigging  scandal 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Insight: PFGBest regulator known for inexperienced auditors | Reuters
What does the decade long fraud behind closed doors @PFGBest and the LIBOR rigging scandal have in common??!!

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NFA - is Industries self-regulating body
National Futures Association (NFA) is the industrywide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures industry

BBA - is Industries self-regulating / oversight body
British Bankers’ Association
"The BBA is the leading trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector. We speak for over 200 member banks from 60 countries on the full range of UK and international banking issues."

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Industry bodies, regulating its own Industry (including revolving door between companies and regulator) is (looks very much to be) the weakest link in regulating/overseeing any industry.

Another example is the FDA (USA) where most safety studies are funded by the companies itself and the existence of a revolving door. Also a lack of expertise and personal is apparent too.
confidence  trustagent  trust  policy-makers  policy  folly  policy  error  Politics  capitalism  FDA  Industry  Regulation  accountability  transparency  oversight  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  greatrecession  GFC  regulators  FSA  BaFin  SEC  CFTC  misconduct  fraud  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  PFGBest  BBA  NFA 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Full PFG CEO Suicide Note | ZeroHedge
"I have committed fraud. For this I feel constant and intense guilt...
The forgeries started nearly twenty years ago...
Should I go out of business or cheat...
I guess my ego was too big to admit failure..."

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Inept regulators

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/13/us-pfgbest-ceo-arrested-idUSBRE86C0YM20120713

The prolonged nature of the fraud is sharpening criticism of regulators like the National Futures Association, the industry group that had first-line responsibility for overseeing non-exchange brokers like PFG. MF Global, by contrast, is believed to have tapped into client funds in a desperate bid to keep itself afloat during its final days.

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How PFGBest Differs From MF Global, Lehman
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303740704577521113453471438.html

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regulators are looking red-faced and inept
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/07/13/pfgbest-this-aint-no-mf-global/
2012  Peregrine  Financial  confidence  trustagent  trust  accountability  Willful  ignorance  misconduct  fraud  GFC  MFGlobal  regulators  CFTC  NFA  PFGBest 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Peregrine Scandal Widens - YouTube
Investigators in the Peregrine Financial Group scandal examined U.S. Bank in relation to its role in overseeing client funds on Wednesday and traders expressed frustration with regulators for missing signs of the alleged fraud.

- wilful ignorance
CME  MFGlobal  Segregated  Funds  confidence  trustagent  trust  regulators  audit  larceny  fraud  Willful  ignorance  CFTC  NFA  Peregrine  Financial  PFGBest 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Did Peregrine Insiders See the Storm Coming? - YouTube
WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow visits Mean Street with new revelations that indicate Peregrine Financial founder Russell Wasendorf and company insiders may have seen trouble coming resulting in the company declaring bankruptcy.

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"Inner Circle" knew.
Same as with LIBOR rigging scandal, where there is an inner circle <- my assumption.
confidence  trustagent  trust  regulators  NFA  MFGlobal  misconduct  larceny  Segregated  Funds  CFTC  fraud  Russell  Wasendorf  Peregrine  Financial  PFGBest 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Barclays - a day of unanswered questions
A whistleblower at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has already told the committee he believes the FSA has e-mail evidence of exchanges between the Barclays and the Bank of England about the Libor rate.

At the very least we need Tucker's written account of his own side of that conversation. So far he has volunteered no account and has been screened behind the Bank of England's press operation, which says they can't comment on anything not in the FSA judgment.

At the level of Barclays' senior management we need to know - and this is the critical question: why did Jerry del Missier form the opinion that Tucker had ordered the rigging of Libor?

If that were me, and I was ordered to breach my professional and industry rules, I would be checking the exact meaning with the boss I have just spoken to. We need to know what Del Missier actually did.

Bob Diamond, so far, he has not admitted culpability - only responsibility.

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SFO, FSA and DOJ (USA) need to start bringing charges.
confidence  2012  2008  creditcrunch  greatrecession  GFC  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  manipulation  DOJ  SFO  transparency  accountability  trustagent  trust  Willful  ignorance  misconduct  fraud  politics  AlistairDarling  EdBalls  gordonbrown  USA  Fed  NYFed  MervynKing  UK  BBA  FSA  bobdiamond  barclays  EURIBOR  LIBOR  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  BOE  PaulTucker 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Beyond Barclays: Laying out the Libor Investigations - ProPublica
...
The Serious Fraud Office in Britain is considering a criminal investigation and the Justice Department could also potentially bring charges against individuals at the bank.

So who else is being investigated?
· UBS, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Last fall, European regulators seized documents from Deutsche Bank and others regarding manipulation of the Euribor.
- BaFin, the German regulator, is conducting a “special investigation” into Deutsche Bank, according to Reuters.
- The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that it has formally launched an investigation into the rigging of the inter-bank lending rate, Libor.

Private lawsuits over Libor are already underway. Last summer, Charles Schwab filed a suit alleging anti-trust violations against many Libor-setting banks and at least one class action has been filed alleging that Libor manipulation meant banks paid “unduly low interest rates to investors.”
LIBOR  rigging  scandal  BaFin  anti-trust  antitrust  deutschebank  HSBC  creditsuiss  jpmorgan  bankofamerica  BofA  citigroup  citibank  UBS  GFC  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  USA  UK  DOJ  SFO  fraud  misconduct  investigation  2012  BOE  CFTC  SEC  BBA  FSA  FAQ  EURIBOR  LIBOR  barclays 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Libor scandal rocks banking - YouTube
The banking system is in the spotlight again amid rising political and public anger over the Libor scandal. Philip Augar, a former investment banker and author, and Patrick Jenkiins the FT's banking editor, discuss the case for structural and cultural reform in the banking sector with analysis editor Frederick Studemann.
fraud  misconduct  Willful  ignorance  moralhazard  toobigtofail  shareholder  corporate  governance  greed  capitalism  greatrecession  GFC  2012  banking  crisis  FSA  regulation  bank  crisis  BBA 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
BOE Minutes Show Tucker Aware Of Libor Fixing Claims In 2007 | ForexLive
BOE Minutes Show Tucker Aware Of Libor Fixing Claims In 2007
- Tucker Chaired Nov 2007 Meeting At Which Libor Rigging Was Discussed

Bank of England Deputy Governor Paul Tucker, long the BOE’s leading internal candidate for the top job when Mervyn King’s
term comes to an end at the middle of 2013, was fully aware from the early days of the financial crisis that market participants believed Libor was being rigged.

The minutes of a money markets group meeting chaired by Tucker himself back up what a participant recalls privately, that there were frank discussions dating back to 2007 involving Tucker about banks submitting Libor rates below actual rates.

“Several group members thought that Libor fixings had been lower than actual traded interbank rates through the period of stress.”

They add a cautionary note, saying “Libor indices need to be of the highest quality given their important role as a benchmark for corporate lending.”

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Everything was on the table to stabilise markets.
henrypaulson  benbernake  Fed  NYFed  NorthernRock  moralhazard  Willful  ignorance  trustagent  trust  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  credicrunch  GFC  2007  2008  collusion  fraud  misconduct  BBA  BOE  bobdiamond  barclays  PaulTucker  EURIBOR  LIBOR 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Diamond lets loose over Libor - FT.com
Mr Diamond quit after the governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, and the head of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner, in effect called for his departure in late night phone calls on Monday to Marcus Agius, Barclays chairman.

But Barclays soon dragged Paul Tucker, deputy BoE governor, and “senior Whitehall figures” from the previous government into the controversy by publishing a document suggesting they may have known of – and even condoned – the bank’s repeated “lowballing” of its submissions to the rate-setting process during the financial crisis.
The bank released Mr Diamond’s contemporaneous notes of a 2008 conversation – one of only three “notes to file” he has written in his career – in which he wrote that Mr Tucker had passed on concerns from Whitehall about Barclays’ Libor submissions, adding that “it did not always need to be the case that we appeared as high as we have recently”.
AlistairDarling  EdBalls  gordonbrown  MervynKing  GeorgeOsborne  davidcameron  UK  politics  culture  negligence  misconduct  fraud  creditcrunch  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  FSA  BBA  greatrecession  GFC  BoE  2012  2008  EURIBOR  LIBOR  PaulTucker  barclays  bobdiamond 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Bob Diamond's daughter comes out fighting for her beleaguered father with offensive Tweet directed at Osborne and Miliband | Mail Online
'George Osborne and Ed Miliband you can go ahead and #HMD': Bob Diamond's daughter comes out fighting for her beleaguered father with offensive Tweet

Nell Diamond works as an analyst at Deutsche Bank
#HMD is Twitter slang for 'hold my d***'
Mr Diamond to appear before Treasury Select Committee tomorrow
Osborne: 'Diamond resignation was right for Barclays and the country'
The American, 60, expected to receive 13.2million shares worth £22.9million
Barclays chief operating officer Jerry del Missier also resigns
Chairman Marcus Agius - who also announced he was standing down yesterday - will stay on to find new chief executive
Agius revealed he has known about Libor fixing for 'more than two years'
MPs will vote tomorrow on plans to set up a full judge-led inquiry into the bank rate-rigging scandal
Barclays release memo which points finger at Bank of England and Whitehall
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Regulators turned blind eye on matter, knowing to stabilise market, everything is on the table.
culture  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  accountability  confidence  trustagent  trust  2012  2008  creditcrunch  FSA  fraud  collusion  Fed  NYFed  PaulTucker  greatrecession  GFC  BOE  BBA  EURIBOR  LIBOR  bobdiamond  barclays 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 'guilty of fraud' - YouTube
Compliance Program said/knew it was wrong. But they took a calculated risk ... knowing that the benefits (profits) would reap the penalty they would have to pay eventually.

'Fraud that is profitable.'

The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline will pay $3 billion in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history. The company covered up the drug risks and encouraged doctors to prescribe its products for uses they did not have approval for. From Washington, Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.
oversight  FDA  regulation  ethics  governance  capitalism  fraud  GlaxoSmithKline 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Is The Bank Of England About To Be Dragged Into Lie-borgate, And Which US Bank Is Next | ZeroHedge
was it in the nations interest to look over LIBOR manupulation?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18665080

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http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-makes-no-sense-libor-by-bank.html

January 22, 2009 when the market was crashing every single day, when the world's central banks would do anything to halt the collapse in risk and asset prices, up to an including telling their host banks to lie about funding conditions, before the real QE1 was announced back in the middle of March, in which we made just this speculation.

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Three and a half years later the puzzle is no more: it was all one big epic fraud, pardon, no fraud, as the CFTC and SEC settlements never admitted or denied fraud. Let's just call it benign market manipulation of a [$350-$500] trillion market.

... many have been warning for years, the biggest market manipulation fraud in history.

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Lack of integrity left and right ...
trustagent  trust  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  banking  accountability  transparency  moralhazard  NYFed  benbernake  henrypaulson  governance  Fed  market-mechanism  market-failure  fraud  manipulation  collusion  centralbanks  BIS  GFC  Barclays  CFTC  SEC  FSA  BBA  PaulTucker  BOE  EURIBOR  LIBOR 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
The Fed's Stress Test Was Merely The Latest "Lipstick On A Pig" Farce | ZeroHedge
Bank statements are accounting gimmicks allowed by law - written by the lobby.

And the Fed plays along, provides nontransparent data, stocks rally, banks sell shares to raise cash.
transparency  accountability  USA  2012  stresstest  Fed  WallStreet  fraud  accounting 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Breakingviews: Defrauding Uncle Sam - YouTube
Breakingviews columnists discuss the latest twists in the U.S. mortgage mess involving Citigroup and Bank of America.
mortgage  foreclosure  fraud  accountability  transparency  2012  settelment  robosigning 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
The Farce-Hole Gets Deeper: Obama's "Robo-Settlement For Votes" Cost To Taxpayers: $40 Billion | ZeroHedge
US taxpayers are expected to subsidize the $40bn settlement owed by five leading banks over allegations that they systematically abused borrowers in pursuit of improper home seizures,

a clause in the provisional agreement – which has not been made public – allows the banks to count future loan modifications made under a 2009 foreclosure-prevention initiative towards their restructuring obligations for the new settlement, according to people familiar with the matter. The existing $30bn initiative, the Home Affordable Modification Programme (Hamp), provides taxpayer funds as an incentive to banks, third party investors and troubled borrowers to arrange loan modifications.

Just to be clear: the guilty party in a fraud against taxpayers has their 'punishment' paid for by the innocent taxpayer who had the crime committed against them? ok,
lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  fraud  accountability  transparency  2012  mortgage  subprime  settelment  barackobama  presidency  politics  USA  robosigning 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
MF Global Customers Missing $1.2 Billion Denied Committee - Bloomberg
MF Global Inc. brokerage customers, who may be missing more than $1.2 billion from their accounts, won’t be allowed to form a committee to represent their interests in bankruptcy court, a judge ruled.

“Nobody in the legislative history of this country thought about a case like this,” Lewis Kruger, a lawyer for a group of customers, argued before Glenn today. “This case may determine whether there is a commodities market in the future. I have great concern about what’s going to happen in this industry. This is a far-reaching case and it needs to have an imaginative resolution.”

“Essentially we have no more than 60 percent to give,” Kobak said at the hearing today.
The next motion the trustee will make will deal with “truing up” all customers to make sure everyone gets 60 percent of their collateral, Kobak said. It will also deal with the issue of bounced checks, which are estimated to be worth about $50 million, Kobak said.
MFGlobal  fraud  bankruptcy  2011 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/News/Surveillance/v2zpEry96Vno.mp3
Bloomberg’s Harper Says Bank Exposure to Europe Clouded (Audio)
Nov 16, 2011
Bloomberg reporter Christine Harper says U.S. bank investors are being kept in the dark about exposure to European sovereign default. Harper talks with Bloomberg's Ken Prewitt and Tom Keene on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

- ISDA - the body for CDS / Derivatives decided that greece 50% PSI (haircut) is not default,
- bc ISDA is owned by banks, if they would rule it as default scenario - everyone would have owed somebody something - which would have introduced great uncertainty, volatility, share price losses
- did it in their own interest.
= this equals to collusion in an oligopolistic market.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-16/jpmorgan-joins-goldman-keeping-investors-in-dark-on-italy-derivatives-risk.html
ISDA  CDS  derivatives  collusion  oligopol  financialmarket  Greece  default  2011  OTC  exposure  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIIGS  accounting  fraud  transparency  confidence 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Earth to Academia: Student Loan Debt is Mounting - And It's Unethical. - YouTube
The average student graduates with $23,000 in debt. "That's a lot of debt for a 22-year-old," says Michael Ellsberg - and when you combine it with astronomical rates of unemployment rates, you have a crisis on your hands.
StudentLoans  USA  bubble  education  debt  ethical  ethics  studentdebt  risk  risk-management  fraud  higher 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
MF Missing Funds May Be ‘Massive’ Ploy: Chilton - Bloomberg
“This isn’t just a lost and found inquiry; it’s a full-on effort to get to the bottom of what appears to be a massive hide-and-seek ploy,”

“It’s a distinct possibility, some would say probability, that somebody has done something with the money, and that it’s not going to be ‘all of a sudden discovered’ with an innocent explanation,” Chilton said. “If that’s the case, it’s patently illegal. I don’t know yet. Our investigation will uncover that, and we’re aggressively pursuing this.”
CFTC  SEC  MFGlobal  oversight  regulation  reform  effectiveness  enforcement  fraud  accounting  accountability  CME 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Levitt Says SEC Should Reconsider Enforcement Process (Audio)
Levitt Says SEC Should Reconsider Enforcement Process (Audio)

Nov 9, 2011

Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, says the SEC "should reconsider its enforcement process in light of repeated offenses by companies who settle with cease and desist orders." Levitt talks with Bloomberg's Ken Prewitt and Tom Keene on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

- cases against individuals is hard to make
- recklessness, stupidity, greed is not illegal,
settelment  SEC  fraud  GFC  oversight  regulation  reform 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
CO2: Verfehlter Klimaschutz - YouTube
Der Emissionshandel soll eigentlich für besseren Klimaschutz sorgen. Bisher wurden Emissionsrechte an die Industrie aber verschenkt - und darüber hinaus auch noch viel zu viel.

- ZERO SUM GAME - Lobby - Politics
- If there is no international carbonemission trade, nothing will work.
carbonemission  trade  europe  subsidizing  industrial  lobby  Lobbying  climatechange  politics  fraud  certificate 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Gefälschte Bilanzen: Olympus droht Börsenausschluss - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Dieses Eingeständnis schockiert Anleger und Analysten: Der Kamerahersteller Olympus hat im Zuge seiner Finanzaffäre Bilanzfälschung in großem Stil eingeräumt. Der Skandal um dubiose Zahlungen hat damit viel größere Ausmaße angenommen als bisher bekannt. Verluste durch Investment-Geschäfte seien seit den neunziger Jahren mit Hilfe von Übernahmen verschleiert worden, teilte das japanische Unternehmen am Dienstag mit.

- once you are in it, you never get out. shareholder value maximization at its best.
Olympus  corporate  fraud  audit  accounting  shareholder  value 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
MF Global Client Theft Estimate Doubled To $1.5 Billion? | ZeroHedge
"As a result of the apparent segregation violations and the suspension of clearing privileges, more than 150,000 customer accounts essentially were frozen on October 31, 2011, of which more than 50,000 accounts were regulated commodities customer accounts. The CME estimates that MFGI’s current segregated funds ....
Doing some quick inverse addition and we get a (w)hole of $5.45 less $2.5 less $1.5 or $1.45 billion. In other words, the theft by MF Global was not stealing hunderds of millions form its customers: it has stolen a whopping $1.5 billion!
MFGlobal  fraud  regulation  CFTC  CME  oversight  bankruptcy  chapter-11 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Solyndra, the logical endpoint of Obamanomics
And Obama almost pulled it off. The Great Recession conveniently allowed the president to start the spendathon under the guise of economic stimulus. (“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, 2009). As it turns out, the $38.6 billion loan program for clean energy firms that Solyndra benefited from has created just 3,545 permanent new jobs after parceling out half its dough. That works out to around $5 million a job.
presidency  barackobama  lobby  lobbyist  Lobbying  fraud  stimulus  recovery.gov  subsidizing  jobs  hindsight  economics  politics 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
TARPed, RETARPed, And Then DETARPed | ZeroHedge
Former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain accurately described the problem to the FCIC in September 2010:
 "when you have a system where you pay someone for originating mortgages simply on volume and nothing happens to them if the credit quality is bad, and nothing happens to them if the borrower is fraudulent on his loan application, and nothing happens to him if the appraisal’s fraudulent, then that’s probably not a very smart system."

Some of the firms sued today had asked the Treasury and the Fed to slow the process so they could settle the claims out of court, according to a person briefed on the private conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity. The impending lawsuits were one subject of an Aug. 10 meeting at Treasury between Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, the person said.

his purchase of Countrywide is now the single worst M&A transaction in history,
FHFA  FCIC  subprime  mortage  fraud  misleading  security  securities  securities-fraud  2011  Bofa  toobigtofail  CountrywideFinancial  KenLewis  merrylllynch  M&A  2008  henrypaulson  history 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Goldman's Dan "Shitty Deal" Sparks Sued For Selling Junk, Dogs, Big old lemons, and Monstrosities | ZeroHedge
While the FHFA has targeted lawsuits at a whole bunch of employees of the 17 banks previously disclosed, nothing gives us as much amusement and frankly pleasure, as the fact that Goldman's definition of smugness - one Dan Sparks of "shitty deal" fame, is among the accused. Perhaps, even in uber crony communist America, what goes around eventually comes around. Now, if only someone can figure out how Warren Buffett's Wells Fargo, with its several hundred billion worth of Wachovia toxic biohazard, is not on the list of defendants...

That Goldman knew of the originators’ abandonment of applicable underwriting guidelines and of the true nature of the mortgage loans it was securitizing is further evidenced by how Goldman handled its own investments.
FHFA  timberwolf  goldmansachs  security  securities  fraud  subprime  mortage  securities-fraud  2011  freddiemac  fanniemae  Abacus  misleading  GSE  MBS 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Full FHFA Statement Disclosing Suits Against 17 Banks (Including Such Dead Man Walking As SocGen) | ZeroHedge
FHFA Sues 17 Firms to Recover Losses toFannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Ally Financial Inc. f/k/a GMAC, LLC2. Bank of America Corporation3.Barclays Bank PLC4. Citigroup, Inc.5. Countrywide Financial Corporation6.Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc.7.Deutsche Bank AG8.First Horizon National Corporation9.General Electric Company 10.Goldman Sachs & Co.11. HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.12.JPMorgan Chase & Co.13.Merrill Lynch & Co. / First Franklin Financial Corp.14.Morgan Stanley 15.Nomura Holding America Inc.16.The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLCSociété Générale

FHFA alleges that the loans had different and more risky characteristics than the descriptions contained in the marketing and sales materials provided to the Enterprises for those securities.
FHFA  2011  freddiemac  fanniemae  GSE  fraud  mortage  securities  security  MBS  securities-fraud 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Two Down, Many More To Go - Bank Of America Sued For $31 Billion In Mortgage Losses | ZeroHedge
FHFA Sues Barclays over mortgage securities over losses for $4.9 billion: RTRSFHFA Sues Merrill Lynch Bank of Americal over mortgage securities over losses for $30.85 billion: RTRS
Federal housing finance agency sues Barclays PLC BARC.L - court filing Federal housing finance agency sues Barclays over losses on $4.9 billion rmbs Federal housing finance agency sues Bank of America Corp BAC.N - court    filingFederal housing finance agency sues Bank of America Corp over losses on more    than $6 billion securitiesFederal housing finance agency sues bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit over    losses on $24.85 billion securitiesFederal housing finance agency sues Nomura Holdings Inc 8604.T - court    filingFederal housing finance agency sues Nomura over losses on more than $2    billion securitiesFederal housing finance agency sues Citigroup Inc C.N - court filing Federal housing finance agency sues Citigroup Inc over losses on $3.5 billion    securities
FHFA  barclays  merrylllynch  bofa  mortage  securities-fraud  fraud  CountrywideFinancial  citigroup  2011 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Cohan Says FHFA Pursuing All Legal Means for GSEs - YouTube
William Cohan, a Bloomberg View columnist and Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talks aboutthe possibility that large banks may be sued by the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency for misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities sold at the height of the housing bubble. Cohan speaks with Matt Miller on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (William Cohan, author of "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World," is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. Source: Bloomberg)
FHFA  mortage  securities  securities-fraud  2011  fraud  freddiemac  fanniemae  subprime  misleading  misrepresentation  civilsuit  litigation  settelment  MBS  GSE  lawsuit  blamegame  accountability  responsibility 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
U.S. Said to Be Ready to Sue Banks Over Mortgages - NYTimes.com
The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among others, according to three individuals briefed on the matter.
The suits stem from subpoenas the finance agency issued to banks a year ago. If the case is not filed Friday, they said, it will come Tuesday, shortly before a deadline expires for the housing agency to file claims.
The suits will argue the banks, which assembled the mortgages and marketed them as securities to investors, failed to perform the due diligence required under securities law and missed evidence that borrowers’ incomes were inflated or falsified. When many borrowers were unable to pay their mortgages, the securities backed by the mortgages quickly lost value.

The FHFA was created in 2008 and assigned to oversee the hemorrhaging government-backed mortgage companies, a process known as conservatorship.
deutschebank  bofa  jpmorgan  goldmansachs  FHFA  subpoena  subprime  2011  misleading  trust  documentation  housing  bubble  housemarket  mortage  fraud  fanniemae  freddiemac  UBS  citigroup  AIG  CountrywideFinancial  merrylllynch  bailout  government  subsidizing  toobigtofail  systemicrisk  banking 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
HoheArbeitslosigkeit: Europas Jugend ohne Zukunft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Generation Finanzkriese
- ups and down cycles have shorter and timeframes, and more deeply

Die jungen Menschen in der EU steuern in die Hoffnungslosigkeit: Mehr als 20 Prozent der 15- bis 24-Jährigen haben keinen Job, in Spanien ist inzwischen fast jeder Zweite arbeitslos - und die Aussichten sind alles andere als positiv. Selbst die recht guten Zahlen aus Deutschland sind trügerisch.

Germany polishes statistics with gimmickry 
Doch die relativ guten Zahlen in Deutschland sind trügerisch: Junge Menschen in der Bundesrepublik sind nicht nur häufiger mit Erwerbslosigkeit konfrontiert als die Gesamtbevölkerung. Sie haben auch deutlich öfter eine sogenannte atypische Beschäftigung. Dazu gehören beispielsweise befristete Jobs oder Zeitarbeit.

=== Long-Run Economic Consequences ===
lostdecade  lostgeneration  generationy  unemployment  youth  USA  PIIGS  europe  germany  fraud  government  statistics  accounting  politics  policy  mistake  folly  millennials  generationx 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Die Folgen von Fukushima - YouTube
Food is Atom Muell.
Food is waste. Sea and Land both radiated, contaminated. Health risk.
This is the greatest man made humanitarian catastrophe after WW2.
fukushima  japan  government  trust  confidence  fraud  2011  unintended  consequences  politics  TEPCO  radiation  food  cancer 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Kotlikoff Says U.S. Deficit Too Much for Next Generations - YouTube
USA net-future liabilities +66tn
when you ask the wrong questions, you get wrong answers
my generation is being screwed.
Government fraud accounting
generationy  USA  budget  debate  government  spending  2011  economics  future  babyboomers  generation  retirement  socialsecurity  medicare  Medicaid  presidency  barackobama  politics  democrats  republicans  balancedbudget  statistics  fraud  accounting 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - The Reunion, Barings Bank Collapse
In the first of a new series of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor reunites Nick Leeson, the man who broke Barings bank, with his colleagues and former boss, Peter Norris.
On the 26th February 1995, a pillar of the British financial and social establishment suddenly came crashing to the ground as Britain's oldest merchant bank went bust with debts of £830 million.
BaringsBank  NickLeeson  financial  history  trading  oversight  greed  fear  fraud  capitalism  regulation  VAR  psychology 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Dritte Startbahn: Mnchner Flughafenausbau basiert auf unrealistischen Daten - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
In einem Gutachten für das Planfeststellungsverfahren wurde nach Angaben der "SZ" für das Jahr 2020 mit einem Ölpreis von rund 50 Dollar pro Barrel Rohöl gerechnet. Diese Entwicklung halten Experten jedoch für ausgeschlossen. Derzeit liegt der Preis für ein 159-Liter-Fass Rohöl bei rund 117 Dollar. Die Internationale Energieagentur hält bis 2025 einen Ölpreis von 200 Dollar für möglich.
fraud  publicservice  germany  infrastructure 
july 2011 by asterisk2a
Debt and Redemption (Marije Meerman, VPRO Backlight 2010) - YouTube
Debt and Redemption (Marije Meerman, VPRO Backlight 2010) - Mar 25, 2011

All over Europe, governments dressed up their accounts by buying exotic financial products from major investment banks. Then came the crash.
Debt and Redemption shows how local authorities in Italy are struggling with the disastrous aftermath of their deals. The city of Milan has decided to strike back by charging four banks with fraud. The banks, as a matter of course, deny any wrongdoing.
Marije Meerman visits Milan and the village Polino Italy and travels to the US, where she speaks to writer/journalist Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, Griftopia), investor/blogger Reggie Middleton (Boombustblog) and former IMF economist Simon Johnson (13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown).
JosephCassano  AIG  Interestrateswap  CDS  derivatives  MattTaibbi  Italy  subprime  complexity  wallstreet  Milan  goldmansachs  Greece  fraud  PIIGS  europe  ECB  history  oligopol  oligarchy  sovereign  debt  crisis  IMF  monopoly  ReggieMiddleton  speculation 
july 2011 by asterisk2a
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