Thursday, February 5, 2009

SEC repeatedly warned about Madoff

Madoff tipster Harry Markopolos assails SEC

The man who waged a decade-long campaign to alert regulators to problems in the operations of fallen money manager Bernard Madoff told Congress today that he had feared for his physical safety.

Harry Markopolos also assailed the Securities and Exchange Commission in his first appearance before lawmakers. The SEC failed to act despite receiving credible allegations of fraud from Markopolos about Madoff's operations over a decade.

Because of the agency's inaction, "I became fearful for the safety of my family," Markopolos said at the hearing of a House Financial Services subcommittee.

"The SEC is ... captive to the industry it regulates and is afraid" to bring big cases against prominent individuals, Markopolos asserted. The agency "roars like a lion and bites like a flea" and "is busy protecting the big financial predators from investors," he said.

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1 comment:

John Doe said...

Do you yahoos even READ the crap you post to here? Here is the MONEY QUOTE from the LA Times article:

"While the SEC is incompetent, the securities industry's self-policing organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is "very corrupt," Markopolos charged. That organization was headed until December by Mary Schapiro, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S NEW SEC CHIEF."

All you idiot liberals love to say all the problems of the world are due to lax oversight by the Pubs. Ooops. Better wipe that Kool Aid off your chin.