Former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis Sued by NY AG for Fraud

February 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Good to see proper investigations are to taking place after this massive financial fraud that was bought to bear on people across the globe.   In this case they are looking into the $16 billion dollars in losses that Merrill allegedly knew about when it was being acquired by BofA after the failure of Lehman Brothers.  Being that the losses were that large and the amount of bonuses (in the billions) that were paid as part of the deal, rightfully there are serious questions that need to asked and accounted for.   There are more skeletons buried on this so we need to keep looking until the daylight shines on them all.

Bloomberg - Former Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lewis was sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for defrauding investors and the government when buying Merrill Lynch & Co. The bank agreed to pay $150 million to settle a related lawsuit by U.S. regulators.

Cuomo also sued the bank’s former chief financial officer Joe Price and the bank itself for not disclosing about $16 billion in losses Merrill had incurred before it was bought by Bank of America in an effort to get the merger approved. Afterwards, Lewis demanded government bailout funds, Cuomo said.

“We believe the bank management understated the Merrill Lynch losses to shareholders, then they overstated their ability to terminate their agreement to secure $20 billion of TARP money, and that is just a fraud,” Cuomo said today at a press conference. “Bank of America and its officials defrauded the government and the taxpayers at a very difficult time.”

Cuomo is pursuing individuals at the bank while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has declined to do so. The suit is being filed under the Martin Act, a New York securities law that permits both civil and criminal penalties.

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