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Re: Question for Lawyers - Can CEOs or Boards of Finacial Firms be Charged w/ Criminal Act
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:30:53 -0400



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From: agrosso () att net
Date: September 22, 2008 11:14:19 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net, "ip" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Cc: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] Question for Lawyers - Can CEOs or Boards of Finacial Firms be Charged w/ Criminal Act

The answer to the first question is yes - the general fraud statutes plus some enacted after the Savings & Loan scandal would cover this very well. The problem is proving knowledge and intent, which are usually elements of the offenses.

The answer to the second question is more difficult. Corporate officers are usually protected by the "corporate veil" of corporate law. However, if they can be shown to have direct knowledge of the false or fraudulent nature of the conduct in which they are accused of participating, they may be held liable under civil tort law. This is very much a matter of state law.
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From: Stagg_Newman () mckinsey com
Date: September 21, 2008 9:20:39 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Question for Lawyers - Can CEOs or Boards of Finacial Firms be Charged w/ Criminal Act


Under Sarbanes-Oxley or other laws are there legimate grounds for criminal acts of the CEOs or board members of the firms that created the financial crisis by creating apparently fraudulent instruments?

Are their reasonable civil cases that can be brought to go after personal assets of CEOs or board members who profited?
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