According to the New York Times, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that a new inter-agency task force has been created to address and “(halt) fraud involving mortgages, securities, economic stimulus programs and government bailouts.” In a speech to a civic group in West Palm Beach, Florida, Attorney General Holder had a message for those who commit fraud of this kind. He promised fraudsters that “if (they) fabricate a financial statement, if (they) propagate an investment scheme, if (they) are complicit in an act of financial fraud, (they) are writing (their) ticket to jail.”
The numbers of pending fraud investigations at the Justice Department and FBI are astounding. Attorney General Holder indicated that the Justice Department has more than 5,000 financial institution fraud cases pending and that the FBI was handling more than 2,800 cases involving mortgage fraud. Unfortunately, these numbers are up more than 400% from five years ago.
Attorney General Holder was also proud to announce that over 450 individuals who have committed corporate and securities fraud, including Bernie Madoff, have been convicted in 2009, preventing them from further victimizing investors.
Do you believe that you are a vicitm of an investment scheme or fraud? It may be that you have a legal remedy to recover your loses. If you would like to discuss your legal rights, please contact our firm for a free consultation. If you would like further information about our firm or investment fraud in general, please visit www.dossfirm.com.
Jason Doss is the owner of The Doss Firm, LLC, an Atlanta-based law firm devoted to representing consumers across the country in a variety of areas including investment disputes and consumer class action litigation. Mr. Doss earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 2002 and his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1997.