"Corruption is why we win."
Danny Dalton, Syriana
"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street. I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer'... Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way... I could be sued into bankruptcy. I could lose my license to practice law. I could lose everything.
But if we don't start speaking up, then this really is all we're going to get: the biggest financial cover-up in history."
Alayne Fleischmann, quoted in The $9 Billion Witness
It's nice to see Matt writing again about financial shenanigans.
Isn't it amazing how the sports editor at Rolling Stone magazine, and small blogs on the internet, keep coming up with amazing scoops and stories about financial corruption that are completely missed or glossed over by the mainstream media?
Best markets, financial system, and news media, ever. If you are a member of the one percent.
The $9 Billion Witness
By Matt Taibbi
November 6, 2014
Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking
...Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing.
Back in 2006, as a deal manager at the gigantic bank, Fleischmann first witnessed, then tried to stop, what she describes as "massive criminal securities fraud" in the bank's mortgage operations.
Thanks to a confidentiality agreement, she's kept her mouth shut since then...
Six years after the crisis that cratered the global economy, it's not exactly news that the country's biggest banks stole on a grand scale. That's why the more important part of Fleischmann's story is in the pains Chase and the Justice Department took to silence her....
Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.