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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) is a federal law enforcement agency and an independent audit watchdog that targets financial institution crime and other fraud, waste, and abuse related to TARP.

Demolition-Related Risks in TARP-Funded Blight Program Mitigated Through Michigan State Agency's Implementation of SIGTARP Recommendations

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A new review by SIGTARP found that the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Agency have made significant progress in adopting most of SIGTARP's recommendations, although not all. Some level of risk remains based on contractor violations and recent soil samples.

SIGTARP Launches Financial Institution Crimes & Fines Database and Calls for Creation of a National Financial Fraud Registry

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The Financial Institution Crimes & Fines Database lists the hundreds of defendants that have been convicted of a crime or received a fine for violations of civil laws as a result of investigations by SIGTARP. It also includes the dozens of corporate enforcement actions brought as a result of SIGTARP investigations.

To broaden the database's impact, Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes the creation of a national Financial Fraud Registry that records all crimes and fines related to financial fraud.


Former President of Cecil Bank Facing Federal Indictment for a Bank Fraud Conspiracy, Receiving a Bribe, and Making False Statements in Bank Records and to Bank Examiners

According to the six-count indictment, Mary Halsey, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cecil Bank, conspired to defraud TARP recipient Cecil Bank and another bank to purchase a home through false pretenses, representations and promises. Cecil Bank received an $11.5 million TARP bailout.

Two Blight Elimination Program Indictments Unsealed

In separate cases, two demolition contractors have been charged with with theft from a local government receiving federal funds.

SIGTARP Investigations By the Numbers

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Countering the Ongoing and Evolving Threat of Financial Institution Fraud

The 2008 financial crisis laid bare one of nation's vulnerabilities: financial institution fraud. As recent scandals show, this type of fraud does not go away: it evolves and grows more harmful over time - weakening our financial institutions from the inside. To fix this problem, Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes the creation of a permanent law enforcement office with a narrow mandate to investigate financial institution fraud.

Bringing Accountability to the Insulated CEO

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Executives from medium and small banks have been successfully prosecuted and sentenced to prison for committing crimes. But not big bank executives, who are purposely insulated from knowing about wrongdoing. Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes a crime and fraud certification to help fix that problem.

Goldsmith Romero Interview

Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero speaks with CNBC about the proposal

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The New York Times profiles SIGTARP's success investigating medium and small banks

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