The evisceration of the Dodd-Frank Act could make things tougher for employees who report financial misconduct in their firms. The Act’s “whistleblowing” provisions weren’t perfect, but they led in the right direction, writes a financial crimes specialist.
The jailed Wall Street financier has been a poster symbol for the corruption and fraud that many believe led to the 2008 financial meltdown. But a new book by sociologist Colleen Eren argues that the real problem is the economic culture that allowed him to flourish.
Financial journalist Jesse Eisinger argues in a new book that federal agencies like the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are “broken” systems that allow corporate bosses to evade the criminal consequences of wrongdoing. He explains why in a conversation with TCR.
Misconduct at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has earned some of its top officers, including Sheriff Lee Baca, criminal convictions. Now, an investigation by WitnessLA into a fleet of Sea King helicopters loaned under a controversial Defense Department program raises questions of high-level fraud.
Most Americans find frauds, scams and other crimes against the elderly morally repugnant. But their concern hasn’t been matched by the financial and investigative resources necessary to prosecute them in most U.S. jurisdictions.
A grand jury investigating whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic sold the organs of aborted fetuses cleared the clinic and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations, surprising the officials who called for the probe and delighting supporters of the women’s health organization, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Harris County grand jury indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, both of California, on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 […]
How did David Petraeus, the storied wartime general and former CIA director, avoid prison for lying to the FBI and violating the Espionage Act? The Washington Post tells the inside story. Not everyone at the U.S. Justice Department shared the prosecutors' confidence in the case, and lawyers for Petraeus and his mistress, Paula Broadwell, separately pushed back hard, saying they would fight and beat the charges being considered. With its mix of sex and government secrets, a trial promised to […]
The conservative Koch brothers’ financial investment in criminal justice reform is reviewed by New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, who has just published a book on the Kochs. Mark Holden of Koch Industries, who has overseen Koch Industries' criminal-justice-reform work, acknowledges that the brothers were motivated to give money to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2004 after being prosecuted for environmental crimes. A federal case against the company, says Holden, “was a huge overreach, a grave injustice,” adding, […]
The Supreme Court agreed to review former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s conviction of corruption for his efforts on behalf of a businessman who bestowed money and gifts on the governor and his family, the Washington Post reports. The case gives the justices a fresh opportunity to define what kind of political conduct crosses the line into criminal behavior. McDonnell's attorneys told the court that if his “routine political courtesies” to businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. could be construed as felonies, it […]