A strange thing occurred this month in the American political universe when a business organization wrote a letter to several key Congressmen advocating on behalf of a bill that would increase government oversight over companies. Yes, you read that right: companies are voicing their support for more government regulation.
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The recently announced BNP sanctions settlement is remarkable in so many ways: the behavior is outrageous, the $9 billion criminal penalty is record-setting, and 13 employees were terminated. However, the most interesting part of the story may be the idea that the DOJ is exploring ways to use the forfeited funds to compensate individuals who may have been harmed by the sanctioned regimes of Sudan, Iran and Cuba.
A former Countrywide Financial vice president who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging fraudulent mortgage and securities practices is collecting $57 million from Bank of America's $16.65 billion federal penalty.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has authorized the IRS to issue summonses requiring five banks to produce records relating to the U.S. accounts they hold at certain institutions located abroad. The goal is to identify taxpayers who are trying to hide money overseas as a way to avoid federal taxes, the DOJ said Tuesday.