BUSINESS
03/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fewer Than 5% Of Bailed-Out Banks Have Said What They've Done With Money

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government's rescue of the financial system is vulnerable to fraud that could potentially cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, government watchdogs warned lawmakers Tuesday.

Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, told a House subcommittee that the government's experiences in the reconstruction of Iraq, hurricane-relief programs and the 1990s savings-and-loan bailout suggest the rescue program could be ripe for fraud.

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