Crime Corporate Fraud

  • The Federal government is trying to get Warren Buffett to fire one of his top executives on a question of integrity, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing "people familiar with the situation," today's Journal says, "Federal prosecutors are pressuring Berkshire Hathaway to replace the chief executive of its reinsurance subsidiary, General Re."  General Re CEO Joseph Brandon has not been formally charged with any crime, but the Journal says, "Prosecutors identified Mr. Brandon as an unindicted alleged co-conspirator" in a series of bogus deals designed to artificially inflate AIG's earnings and its stock price.

  • A proposed ballot measure in Colorado seeks to create what supporters hope will be the nation’s toughest corporate fraud law.

  • Investors hope the second quarter will be better than the first, when markets went on a rollercoaster of writedowns, trading scandals and record oil prices. Here are CNBC Europe's best videos of the first quarter.

  • Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Attorneys for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling will argue Wednesday that his 2006 conviction should be overturned because of “shocking” and “egregious” misconduct by prosecutors.

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    US investment bank Lehman Brothers said it had filed a lawsuit on Monday to claw back $352 million from Japanese trading house Marubeni in the wake of a finance scam.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Canada's Biovail, two current senior executives and former Chief Executive Eugene Melnyk with engaging in a number of fraudulent accounting schemes, the agency said on Monday.

  • Prominent attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits against some of the largest corporations in the nation.

  • Attorneys for jailed former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling say the government illegally withheld key evidence that would have proven he is innocent.

  • A federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been investigating the anti-money laundering practices of Fidelity Investments, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.

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    Though Wall Street has been quick to judge the character failings of Gov. Eliot Spitzer following his alleged participation in a prostitution ring, the man’s record as a crime-fighter against Wall Street and Corporate America drew mixed reviews.

  • MF Global says a rogue trader rang up $141.5 million in losses in the broker's own account. The New York-based company says a wheat trader was able to conduct unauthorized trades on Wednesday thanks to a failure in the entry-order system the broker uses to vet trades. MF Global fired the trader.

  • China and South Korea are investigating complaints that hundreds of Korean-invested factories have closed down, leaving workers without pay. 

  • A federal jury has found five former insurance company executives guilty of a scheme to manipulate the financial statements of the world's largest insurance company.

  • Warren Buffett, right, chairman of Berkshire Hathawy Inc., speaks to the media while Ron Ferguson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Re, listens in New York on Friday, June 19, 1998. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying General Re for $22 billion worth of stock, adding one of the world's leading insurers of insurance companies to its portfolio. Berkshire announced Friday after the stock market closed that it would let General Re operate independently of its other insurance operations,

    Four former executives of Berkshire Hathaway's General Re have just been found guilty in a closely watched criminal fraud trial that could have brought Warren Buffett to the witness stand.  A former executive of American International Group was also convicted by the jury, following a one-month federal court trial in Hartford, Connecticut. 

  • German bank HSH Nordbank will sue Swiss UBS to recover “significant” losses on a $500 million portfolio of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) linked to the U.S. mortgage market, the bank said in a statement on Monday.

  • Britain's tax authority is investigating up to 100 British citizens with bank accounts in secretive Liechtenstein after buying data from an informant in a similar move to Germany, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

  • South Korean investigators looking into allegations the president-elect was involved in securities fraud said on Thursday they found no wrongdoing, defusing a scandal that analysts said could have undermined his authority.

  • Liechtenstein's Crown Prince Alois on Tuesday accused Germany of launching an attack on the principality's sovereignty by paying an informer for bank details in a massive tax fraud investigation.

  • Deutsche Post logistics and international mail head Frank Appel took over as chief executive and pledged to focus on its loss-making U.S. business and retail bank Deutsche Postbank.

  • The Societe Generale trading scandal is in full swing, as the lawyer of jailed trader Jerome Kerviel said this week that his client should be released to be able to defned himself. Another scandal, this time involving investigations into whether rich German businessmen have been dodging taxes, has started to unfold. Read the week's European stories.