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  • Illinois Lawmakers Want Special US Senate Election Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 5:51 PM ET

    The heads of the Illinois state legislature said on Tuesday they will call the General Assembly into session to pass legislation on a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

  • Illinois Governor Tried to Sell Senate Seat: Feds Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 5:32 PM ET
    Rod Blagojevich

    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on criminal charges on Tuesday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat President-elect Barack Obama, federal prosecutors said.

  • New York Probes Trading in Credit-Default Swaps Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    In an unusual partnership, New York State and federal prosecutors are investigating trading in credit-default swaps, the insurancelike securities that have come under close scrutiny for their role in the financial crisis.

  • FBI Struggles to Handle Financial Fraud Cases Sunday, 19 Oct 2008 | 10:05 AM ET

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to find enough agents and resources to investigate criminal wrongdoing tied to the country’s economic crisis, the New York Times reports.

  • SEC Probe Focuses on Lehman, Bear Rumors: Report Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 4:57 AM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether traders spread rumors to drive down shares of former investment banks Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, USA Today reported, citing an SEC subpoena.

  • NY Insurance Honcho on CDS Move: No Land Grab Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 8:24 AM ET

    Why is New York moving to regulate a complicated part of the derivative market? Because no one else was keeping an eye on it, says the state's insurance chief.

  • Indiana Sues Countrywide Over Lending Practices Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 6:41 AM ET

    Indiana has sued Countrywide Financial, becoming the latest state to take the mortgage lender to court over its lending practices.

  • Merrill and Goldman Sachs Settle Auction-Debt Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 6:11 PM ET

    Three more more financial firms, including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, reached settlements over the sale of auction-rate securities, a $330 billion market that collapsed in February.

  • Merrill's Thain, Cuomo Discuss Auction-Rate Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 4:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain met with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in an attempt to reach a settlement of the auction-rate securities probe, CNBC has learned.

  • Merrill Settles With Massachusetts on Auction Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch reached a settlement with Massachusetts over auction-rate securities, the latest in a string a accords between regulators and Wall Street firms over the $330 billion market that collapsed in February

  • Cuomo Threatens to Sue Merrill Over Auction-Rate Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch has until Friday to settle an auction-rate securities case with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office or it will face a lawsuit, Cuomo warned during a CNBC interview.

  • Regional Firms Want ARS Underwriters Investigated Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 12:01 AM ET

    Regional securities firms are rallying against efforts by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to have brokerage firms repay investors who purchased auction rate securities.

  • Merrill Will Be Next to Reach Securities Settlement Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 5:40 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch will follow Citigroup in cobbling together a settlement for clients who bought auction rate securities.

  • Ex-Refco President Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 1:44 PM ET

    Tone Grant, the former president of Refco, once the largest independent commodities broker, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a $2.4 billion fraud that involved hiding huge trading losses from clients.

  • Citigroup Debt Accord May Spur Other Banks to Settle Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET
    Citibank

    Citigroup agreed to buy back more than $7 billion of illiquid auction-rate securities and pay a $100 million civil fine to settle charges it fraudulently misled investors about the debt's risk.

  • Citi Talks With Regulators May Lead to Buybacks: WSJ Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 8:34 AM ET
    Citibank

    Citigroup is in talks with state and federal regulators to resolve allegations of wrongdoing in the auction-rate-securities market that could result in its buying back several billion dollars of the illiquid securities, Wall Street Journal said.

  • US Fraud Lawsuit Against UBS Dismissed Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 4:17 AM ET

    A lawsuit against UBS alleging that the Swiss bank engaged in fraud related to holdings of a fund in loss-making company Endwave was dismissed by a New York Supreme Court judge, court documents showed.

  • GOP Senator Stevens Indicted on Seven Counts Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 1:51 PM ET

    Senator Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and a figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, has been indicted on seven counts of falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home.

  • NY Attorney General Could File Suit Against UBS: WSJ Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 6:16 AM ET

    New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo is preparing to file civil securities-fraud charges against UBS, possibly as early as this week, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

  • UBS, Liechtenstein Aided US Tax Cheats: Senate Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 4:42 AM ET

    A U.S. Senate subcommittee accused banks in Switzerland and Liechtenstein of helping wealthy Americans evade billions in taxes each year, and urged the establishment of tougher laws to combat offshore tax havens around the world.