US still burdened by financial woes
Below are a few snippets regarding the investigation being conducted by Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General of the TARP watchdog. The plot is thickening, as they say …
First up, a few paragraphs from Bloomberg.
“The US Troubled Asset Relief Program’s watchdog expanded investigations into misconduct in the $700 billion federal bank rescue program, increasing the number of opened cases by 41 percent in the fourth quarter.
“Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky began 25 criminal and civil probes in the quarter, and had 77 total active cases, according to a quarterly report to Congress published today. Through the third quarter of 2009, the Washington-based office opened 61 cases with 54 active, he said at the time.
“Examiners are looking into possible wrongdoing related to the financial-industry bailout, including insider trading, accounting violations, mortgage fraud, public corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering, according to the report. Barofsky didn’t identify the targets of pending investigations, although details on a few cases have emerged.
“Barofsky confirmed last week he is probing whether the Federal Reserve Bank of New York improperly limited release of information about payments to American International Group Inc.’s counterparties when the insurer was rescued.
“AIG’s first rescue was an $85 billion credit line from the New York Fed. The bailout was expanded three times and is now valued at $182.3 billion.”
Next, Barofsky explains why he thinks the program isn’t working and could actually be putting the US at a greater risk of economic calamity.
Lastly, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says he will always feel legitimate pressure from the public even though the bailout wasn’t “under his watch”.
Source: CNN Money, February 1, 2010.
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