Our top law enforcement priority is unlawful conduct by any of the 130 banks and other financial institutions who Treasury has already paid billions or millions of TARP dollars in HAMP. This critical law enforcement is necessary to bring justice and safeguard the billions Treasury is committed or obligated to pay in the future.
SIGTARP uses an innovative, intelligence-based approach to identify and investigate crime at financial institutions participating in TARP, including in the TARP foreclosure prevention programs.
Our special agents have the authority to search, seize, and arrest. When they and our investigators build a strong case against an individual or institution, SIGTARP then works with the Justice Department and other prosecutors to obtain convictions or a guilty plea.