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New York Times (September 9)

2021/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The crypto revolution is bringing financial services to the unbanked, but not without risks.” The crypto “market is expanding quickly — in all sorts of directions,” giving rise to new “Shadow Banks.” Crypto customers “can earn much higher interest rates than at traditional banks, and they can borrow money, using crypto as collateral, often with no credit checks,” but the potential dangers include hacks, fraud, and the lack of FDIC protection for deposits.

 

Boston Globe (January 4)

2021/ 01/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Trump’s crazy train reaches the end of the line.” So far, “not a single state or federal court has accepted the preposterous conspiracy theories floated by Trump and his supporters to explain his loss, ranging from zany stories of North Koreans smuggling ballots into Maine to supposed Sharpie malfunctions in Arizona. No election has been as thoroughly scrutinized as the 2020 vote, and even Trump’s own Justice Department acknowledges it couldn’t find any serious fraud, much less the vast plots of Trump’s imagination.”

 

USA Today (November 12)

2020/ 11/ 14 by jd in Global News

“Sore loser Donald Trump claims he was cheated out of reelection. Where’s the proof?… The increasingly obvious answer is that the evidence does not exist. There is no proof of any widespread voter fraud, and surely not enough to overturn the results in a single state, much less the three or more states Trump would need to reverse the outcome.”

 

The Economist (March 1)

2014/ 03/ 02 by jd in Global News

Businesses can never fully eliminate fraud, but directors and executives must “treat it like any other unavoidable risk, and manage it professionally.” This means listening carefully to whistleblowers. “Three times as many frauds are discovered by tip-offs than by any other method…. Firms with fraud hotlines, which staff can call anonymously, suffer smaller losses from fraud, and cut by seven months the ‘exposure gap’ between the start of an illicit scheme and its discovery.”

 

Forbes (February 5)

2013/ 02/ 06 by jd in Global News

“The U.S. Justice Department announced plans to file civil fraud charges against Standard & Poor’s (S&P) relating to the atrocious ratings that Standard & Poor’s gave to toxic subprime mortgage-backed securities…. This is a welcome—if long overdue—development for investors who have been waiting for years for the Feds to take decisive action against those responsible for crashing the world economy.”

 

New York Times (February 16)

2011/ 02/ 17 by jd in Global News

Given the unprecedented scale of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, investigators and lawyers are probing whether anyone else knew about the fraud. Fingers are being pointed at institutions including JPMorgan Chase. In a private interview, Maddoff told the New York Times that some hedge funds and banks turned a blind eye to his activities. “They had to know…. But the attitude was sort of, ‘If you’re doing something wrong, we don’t want to know.’”

Given the unprecedented scale of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, investigators and lawyers are probing whether anyone else knew about the fraud. Fingers are being pointed at institutions including JPMorgan Chase. In a private interview, Maddoff told the New York Times that some hedge funds and banks turned a blind eye to his activities. “They had to know…. But the attitude was sort of, ‘If you’re doing something wrong, we don’t want to know.’”

 

Bloomberg (December 22)

2010/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

Just weeks before being sued for its role as auditor of Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young (E&Y) was advertising that it could help companies identify “new risks related to fraud and corruption.” A Bloomberg editorial agrees that “E&Y may have lots of experience in this field,” but adds it’s the wrong kind of experience. “It’s indisputable that E&Y blessed Lehman’s financial statements quarter after quarter, year after year, falsehoods and all.” The problem is all of the large audit firms have had the wrong kind of experience. “Killing E&Y or any of the other Big Four audit firms — PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP and KPMG LLP — would leave just three large survivors, when the industry has too few competitors already.”

 

Businessweek (December 21)Businessweek (December 21)

2010/ 12/ 23 by jd in Global News

Ernst & Young LLP is being sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for enabling Lehman Brothers to engage in a major accounting fraud designed to deceive investors. Lehman routinely moved liabilities off balance sheet for a period of over 7 years while Ernst & Young was its public auditor. Through what became known as “Repo 105” transactions, Lehman would sell debt before reporting dates with an agreement to repurchase the debt afterwards. As much as $50 billion was hidden from view through this window-dressing tactic. According to Cuomo, who will soon step aside as Attorney General to become New York’s Governor, “This practice was a house-of-cards business model designed to hide billions in liabilities in the years before Lehman collapsed.”

Ernst & Young LLP is being sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for enabling Lehman Brothers to engage in a major accounting fraud designed to deceive investors. Lehman routinely moved liabilities off balance sheet for a period of over 7 years while Ernst & Young was its public auditor. Through what became known as “Repo 105” transactions, Lehman would sell debt before reporting dates with an agreement to repurchase the debt afterwards. As much as $50 billion was hidden from view through this window-dressing tactic. According to Cuomo, who will soon step aside as Attorney General to become New York’s Governor, “This practice was a house-of-cards business model designed to hide billions in liabilities in the years before Lehman collapsed.”

 

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