Top executives of MF Global avoiding felony charges

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Speculation from New York and Washington, D.C., is that no high-level officials of MF Global will be criminally prosecuted for the $1 billion in customer money, including a large amount of farmer money, used to try and stave off MF Global’s bankruptcy. The bankruptcy occurred anyway, costing customers all their money.

The investigation for criminal charges has lasted 10 months, and in typical fashion, the federal investigators started with the low-level employees and are anticipated to end soon with an interview of Jon Corzine, the former chief of the company. Most of the speculation is that the Department of Justice is still unable to trace where the wrongdoing began and ended.

As the New York Times noted in an article this week, typically, if a high-level employee is going to be charged there isn’t an interview, charges are filed instead. As for civil charges from regulators, such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the future is even more unknown at this point, but agencies that could file a civil suit have a lower level of proof to convict officials, especially the top executives.

Corzine has testified before Congress about the transfer of money to cover at least one overdrawn account, but proof that he knew the money was coming from customer accounts is the hard situation to prove.

As can be easily understood, criticism of not filing charges against Corzine appears to repeat the frustration of 2008 when the Department of Justice didn’t hold Wall Street executives accountable for the financial collapse. Comments by many observers are that risky investments are much less of a crime than raiding customer accounts, and this should result in felony charges.  

“A $6.3 billon wager on the European sovereign debt proved fatal. The size of the bet was enough to wipe out the firm many times over, and as questions about Europe’s health grew, a run on MF Global ensued. In the panic, the firm tapped customer money to stay afloat, which scuttled a last-minute deal to save the firm. Mr. Corzine resigned just days after the firm filed for bankruptcy,” the New York Times succinctly explained.

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Sacramento, CA  |  August, 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM

Regardless of being able to "prove" that Corzine knew where the funds came from... IT WAS ONE BILLION DOLLARS!! Are we to assume that he wasn't required to know where that kind of money was coming from? Are we to assume that the buck doesn't stop with him, that he is responsible regardless of his alleged ignorance? Are we assumed to be such idiots by the Justice Department?! After being on a special commission for Clinton, this guy was one of President Obama's first picks for the Treasury Secretary post, and was CEO of Goldman Sachs; he was Governor of New Jersey. He raised over $500,000 for the Obama campaign as a bundler. What a TRAITOR!! He was raised on a Central Illinois farm!!!! What cronyism; whatlunacy! Pitch forks and torches, folks (in a non-violent manner of course). When does it begin? Are we in so much of a trance that we bend over and take this?!

Minnesota  |  August, 20, 2012 at 09:57 AM

This is further evidence of how broken Wall Street and DC is. I was a commodity broker and everyone knew segregated funds were sacred. Two checking accounts had to exist one for commodities and one for the stock customers. Someone knew and they knew it against the law. Wall street and Chicago themselves should call for the indictments. Trust in the system will eventually take care of their complicity.

kansas  |  August, 20, 2012 at 02:12 PM

NYT is just the most Perfect of Venues to be Succintly characterizing this massive Democrat Crony Capitalism Scandal. As with Goldman Sachs, Obama and toadies - DOJ liar Holder/SecTreas TurboTax Timmy - there is no foul when they're being paid-off properly. The NYT sees no evil in this because they are a DNC media tool. Is there no alternative route to rub the Voters' noses in the stench of this hypocracy and betrayal of the 99% before 11/03/2012?

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