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Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands New Talent Search to Return in August!

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

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Las Vegas Comedian James Bean's Candid Account Of His Struggle With Suicide

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For black voters, Benjamin Jealous expressed what I believe to be the critical message for black voters when he said that the best way to overcome massive voter suppression is through a massive wave of voter registration.  Thankfully, the NAACP is putting this theory into action through the Youth Organizing…

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Washington Mutual Facilitates Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Written by Berk Law on 20 November 2009.

Ponzi scheme  Washington MutualAttorneys have filed an action in the US District Court for the Northern District of California accusing yet another bank of nurturing a Ponzi scheme. The complaint was filed as a class action suit on behalf of victims of a $150 million Ponzi scheme involving thousands of defrauded investors and the promise of safe, high yield CDs. The scheme, centered in Napa, California, was the brainchild of William Wise, who has a long a record of securities violations. The defendant in the case is Washington Mutual Bank, which Wise used to facilitate the operation of his scheme.

Specifically, Wise used two branches of WAMU located in Napa California to deposit, transfer and wire throughout the world the money earned from his illicit activities. Eventually, as Wise’s account grew, WAMU’s branch manager in Napa suggested he obtain a remote deposit facility (often referred to as a reverse ATM). Before that device was provided, WAMU was required to audit Wise. WAMU also suggested Wise obtain software offered to the bank’s larger clients to direct and manage a high volume of wire transfers. This tool again required a WAMU audit. This second audit was run from WAMU’s treasury department in Seattle, Washington. By providing these special services, WAMU knowingly provided Wise with his own private “bank within a bank”.

As the complaint alleges, WAMU learned of Wise’s illicit scheme thorough two audits by two different managing departments, but nevertheless allowed Wise’s activities to remain unchecked. WAMU’s complicity in the scheme resulted in the defrauding of millions of dollars from thousands of investors.

During this time period, WAMU had been operating under a Consent Decree issued by the US Office of Thrift Supervision in 2007. The decree was in direct response to WAMU’s previous failures to comply with numerous federal anti-money laundering statutes including the International Money Laundering Abatement and financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986, and the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970. The Consent Decree, among other things, ordered strict compliance with bank secrecy and money laundering requirements, and called for new and improved policies for maintaining compliance with federal banks secrecy and money laundering laws.

Berk Law, and the Law Offices of Keith L. Miller, in tandem with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy filed the case. Steven N. Berk, counsel for the plaintiffs, remarked, “WAMU’s history of putting profits above compliance to capitalize on the mortgage bubble is well documented, but only now are we seeing that same corporate culture spilling over into taking risks in other areas such as the support of illegal and shady investment schemes.”

The suit names JPMorganChase as the successor in interest to WAMU and seeks damages from JPMorganChase for the thousands of defrauded investors.

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