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Eric Schneiderman

Man Accused Of Scamming 200 Homeowners, Pushing Some Into Foreclosure

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.22.2012 | Business

A bunch of homeowners in one state are facing foreclosure and they say it's the fault of one man. At least six homeowners are accusing Deowraj "Deo...

Mortgage and Securitization Fraud: Where Is the Task Force?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

It was almost four years ago that Ben Bernanke, Henry Paul Paulson, and Timothy Geithner ran to Congress warning that the end of the world was near. They said the banks were drowning in bad debt and without a massive bailout they would soon be forced into bankruptcy. Congress quickly coughed up the money in the form of $700 billion in TARP loans. The Fed contributed trillions more. Undoubtedly most of the bad debt was due to stupidity, which does not seem to be in short supply on Wall Street despite the high paychecks. But there was more than just stupidity involved here. There was an epidemic of mortgage fraud that was identified by the FBI as early as 2004. And yet, in its first three years, the Obama administration did almost nothing to investigate criminal practices that contributed to the bubble and the subsequent meltdown.

Matt Sledge

In State AG Campaigns, Foreclosure Often The Missing Issue | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The nation's attorneys general flexed their legal muscles earlier this year when they signed off on a $25 billion national mortgage settle...

15 Percent Of NYC Doctors Prescribed 82 Percent Of All Painkillers In 2010

Posted 05.04.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the New York City Health Department reveals the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions is steadily on the rise, with more...

Banking Wars

Mike Lux | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the biggest unresolved issues in the 2012 election will be whether President Obama can convince the swing voters who are both angry at Wall Street and skeptical of government that he will actually hold Wall Street accountable.

Burden of Proof: Geithner, the President, and Wall Street's Unpunished Crimes

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The real problem is this: As long as bankers know they won't be prosecuted for committing crimes they'll commit them again.

Landmark Decision in Nassau Crime Lab Scandal

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.26.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

No one should be rotting away in prison, sentenced from a crime based on tainted evidence. What will happen to the potentially several hundred prisoners whose cases could have been tainted by problematic testing procedures?

Ben Hallman

New York AG, Feds On Defensive About Mortgage Fraud Task Force | Ben Hallman | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

It's been a little less than three months since President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new task force to investigate the mortgage and bank...

The White House and Mortgage Fraud: So Far It's All Talk, No Action

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The administration's mortgage settlement was always profoundly flawed, but it provided some opportunities for further action -- or we were told it did. But there's very little evidence anybody's acting on these opportunities -- and time is running out.

The White House And Mortgage Fraud: All Talk, No Action

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Obama Administration worked for months on a deal that would have let America's biggest banks off the hook for a crime wave of runaway mortgage fra...

President Obama Needs to Get Serious About the Financial Crimes Unit

Becky Bond | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Becky Bond

President Obama needs to give the Department of Justice task force the resources required to launch a serious investigation that will bring about real accountability before the statutes of limitations run out for Wall Street's crimes.

Elise Foley

Arizona Immigration Law 'Unconstitutional,' Opponents Tell Supreme Court | Elise Foley | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the Supreme Court justices took up health care, opponents of Arizona's extreme immigration law looked ahead. Eleven attorneys ...

Ben Hallman

Mortgage Settlement: The Deal That Divided The Democrats | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

Top law enforcement officers from most of the 50 states gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for the annual spring meeting of state attorneys gener...

One Step Backwards, One Step Forward

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York and ten other states with the mission of compelling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue new regulations on soot pollution.

NYC's Anti-Profiling Law 'Not Worth The Paper It's Written On'

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York

In July 2004, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided over a celebratory signing ceremony at City Hall for a new law that banned the NYPD from racia...

Schneiderman Task Force Already Buckling

Firedoglake | David Dayen | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

Congressman Brad Miller will not become the staff director of the celebrated working group investigating securities fraud by the big banks, according ...

Amanda Terkel

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Schneiderman Joins Push To Add Marriage Equality To Democratic Party Platform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has become the latest high-profile Democrat to sign on to the campaign to get the Democratic...

Ryan Grim

Wall Street Task Force Faces Major Challenge | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

A task force is a fickle thing. With the right leader, a strong staff, a broad mandate and a target population rich with criminal actors, a team of pr...

Ben Hallman

Pressure Mounts On This Man | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business

Having failed to get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on board helping struggling homeowners in California, Attorney General Kamala Harris is trying a new t...

A New Strategy for Wall Street Accountability

Mike Lux | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the things we always need to be careful of is letting down after a big fight comes to a conclusion. With the banking settlement finished, one phase of the fight for Wall Street accountability is over, but now we enter an even more important next phase.

There's No Bank 'Settlement' -- That Was All Election PR

Abigail Caplovitz Field | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Abigail Caplovitz Field

What are "Agreements in Principle"? Everyone in the know knows there's no deal yet, just promises from the ever-so-trustworthy bankers and the Feds that cater to them.

Ben Hallman

Banks Winning On Government Handouts, Guess Who's Losing? | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

If there was any doubt about whether it is better financially to be a big bank or a small housing counseling nonprofit, consider how both are faring i...

Will All 50 Attorneys General Waive Their Right to Pursue Criminal Investigations on Wall Street?

Thom Hartmann | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Thom Hartmann

All 50 Attorneys General across the nation have until today to decide if they're going to sign on to a settlement with the nation's biggest banks to l...

First Bank Fraud, Now Political Fraud

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

It's like saying rather than drowning in a lake 50 feet deep, you get to drown in a lake that is only 30 feet deep. And, people are taking victory laps? You don't believe any of that and still think what the politicians said about punishing the banks was true?

Loren Berlin

Holdout States Massachusetts, New York, California, Delaware Reveal Their Share Of Foreclosure Deal | Loren Berlin | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

The five states that most actively resisted a settlement with banks over charges of widespread mortgage fraud announced their cut of the nationwide de...