5 Years After The Financial Crisis, The Big Banks Are Still Committing Massive Crimes

22 Sep

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Cross-posted from Zero Hedge:

Preface: Not all banks are criminal enterprises. The wrongdoing of a particular bank cannot be attributed to other banks without proof. But – as documented below – many of the biggest banks have engaged in unimaginably bad behavior.

You Won’t Believe What They’ve Done …

Here are just some of the improprieties by big banks over the last century (you’ll see that many shenanigans are continuing today):

  • Engaging in mafia-style big-rigging fraud against local governments. See this, this and this
  • Shaving money off of virtually every pension transaction they handled over the course of decades, stealing collectively billions of dollars from pensions worldwide. Details here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here
  • Pledging the same mortgage multiple times to different buyers. See this, this, this, this and this. This would be like selling your car, and collecting money from 10 different buyers for the same car
  • Committing massive fraud in an $800 trillion dollar market which effects everything from mortgages, student loans, small business loans and city financing
  • Pushing investments which they knew were terrible, and then betting against the same investments to make money for themselves. See this, this, this, this and this
  • Engaging in unlawful “Wash Trades” to manipulate asset prices. See this, this and this
  • Participating in various Ponzi schemes. See this, this and this
  • Bribing and bullying ratings agencies to inflate ratings on their risky investments

The executives of the big banks invariably pretend that the hanky-panky was only committed by a couple of low-level rogue employees. But studies show that most of the fraud is committed by management.

Indeed, one of the world’s top fraud experts – professor of law and economics, and former senior S&L regulator Bill Black – says that most financial fraud is “control fraud”, where the people who own the banks are the ones who implement systemic fraud. See this, this and this.

Even the bank with the reputation as being the “best managed bank” in the U.S., JP Morgan, has engaged in massive fraud. For example, the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report today quoting an examiner at the Office of Comptroller of the Currency – JPMorgan’s regulator – saying he felt the bank had “lied to” and “deceived” the agency over the question of whether the bank had mismarked its books to hide the extent of losses. And Joshua Rosner – noted bond analyst, and Managing Director at independent research consultancy Graham Fisher & Co – notes that JP Morgan had many similar anti money laundering laws violations as HSBC, failed to segregate accounts a la MF Global, and paid almost 12% of its 2009-12 net income on regulatory and legal settlements.

But at least the big banks do good things for society, like loaning money to Main Street, right?

Actually:

  • The big banks have slashed lending since they were bailed out by taxpayers … while smaller banks have increased lending. See this, this and this

Indeed, top experts say that fraud caused the Great Depression and the 2008 crisis, and that failing to rein in fraud is dooming our economy.

We can almost understand why Thomas Jefferson warned:

And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies ….

John Adams said:

Banks have done more injury to religion, morality, tranquillity, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they have done or ever will do good.

And Lord Acton argued:

The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.

No wonder a stunning list of prominent economists, financial experts and bankers say we need to break up the big banks.

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7 Responses to “5 Years After The Financial Crisis, The Big Banks Are Still Committing Massive Crimes”

  1. Tomorrows Serf September 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Not just break up the “too big to fail/jail”….don’t forget about a few serious prosecutions with some serious gaol time..

    One or two 30 year sentences would probably do the trick to send a definitive message.

  2. Kevin Moore September 23, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/01/21/saudi-inmates-fight-syria-commute-death-sentences/1852629/
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    Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agency reports.
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    Citing what it calls a “top secret memo” in April from the Ministry of Interior, AINA says the Saudi offered 1,239 inmates a pardon and a monthly stipend for their families, which were were allowed to stay in the Sunni Arab kingdom. Syrian President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, a minority Shiite sect.
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    According to an English translation of the memo, besides Saudis, the prisoners included Afghans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenis. All faced “execution by sword” for murder, rape or drug smuggling.
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  3. Kevin Moore September 23, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    “Facts Suggest Motivation For 911 Far More Complicated Than Anyone Could Imagine”
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    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Facts-Suggest-Motivation-F-by-William-Cormier-090127-283.html
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    “………………..For the crimes alleged by Eastman, Flocco, Durham and Schwarz to be successful, the vault in the basement of the World Trade Center, and its contents – less than a billion in gold, but hundreds of billions of dollars of government securities – had to be destroyed. A critical mass of brokers from the major government security brokerages in the Twin Towers had to be eliminated to create chaos in the government securities market. A situation needed to be created wherein $240 billion dollars of covert securities could be electronically “cleared” without anyone asking questions- which happened when the Federal Reserve declared an emergency and invoked its “emergency powers.” that very afternoon.4 The ongoing Federal investigations into the crimes funded by those securities needed to be ended or disrupted by destroying evidence in Buildings 6, 7 and 1 . Finally, one has to understand and demonstrate the inconceivable: that $240 billion in covert, and possibly illegal government funding could have been and were created in September of 1991. Filling in the last piece of the puzzle requires understanding 50 years of history of key financial organizations in the United States, understanding how U.S. Intelligence became a key source of their off-balance sheet accounts, and why this was sanctioned by every President since Truman.6 With that, a pattern of motivation is defined which allows government leaders and intelligence operatives to ‘rationalize’ a decision to cause the death 3,000 citizens…………………..”

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    Ground Footage In NYC On 9/11
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    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4f9_1379750196

  4. Kevin Moore September 23, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/09/19/the-worlds-most-evil-corporation-issues-a-dire-warning/
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    Goldman Sachs Destroying the American Middle Class
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    “……..This swath of international destruction being promulgated by Goldman Sachs is also being visited upon the daily lives of the American public here at home. Courtesy of the Goldman Sachs gangsters, there are no more safe financial havens for American citizens. Your bank account, your pension fund, your investment accounts and your home mortgages are no longer safe. These collective funds are not in jeopardy because of the risk of falling victim to the failing economy as much as these funds are subject to confiscation by Goldman Sachs and its shell corporations along with the complicit support of the federal government. Most of these public officials are former Goldman Sachs employees. A clear case in point lies in what happened with MF Global.

    • bushbunny September 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Well Rothchilds financed both sides of the American civil war, and got constrained when found out. The WWI the same, and Hitler blamed the Jewish bank for the German defeat in 1918. They financed the Americans under condition that Britain give them a mandate in Palestine. This was rescinded later, but fired the Zionists of course to attack the Brits in Palestine. So I would say, any other involvement, is not without some truth.

  5. mick September 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Apparently all of your Climategate blogs are now “closed”. I wonder why.

    >>TBI: Because I do not wish to spend further time trying in vain to help you understand the persistent logical fallacies, internal contradiction, and miscontextualisation of your own statements. Simple as that … I do not wish to waste my time. I am deleting the rest of your comment here. Why? Because it is not relevant to the topic of the above post. If you wish to submit further comments on the topic of climate change, wait for a relevant post.

  6. Ross Johnson September 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Dr Paul Craig Roberts the reformed father of Reagonomics says the really big collapse is not far off. The US Fed is just delaying the inevitable by printing more digital money to prop up their derivative ponzy scams.

    Those in the know, realise that it must all come crashing down. We must all push for a Glass Steagall Act and stop the banks from calling in loans to pay for their gambling debts.

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