Are Criminal Charges in Bank of America Corp's Future?

The Justice Department is allegedly on the verge of filing criminal charges against France’s BNP Paribas and Switzerland’s Credit Suisse. Is Bank of America next?

May 11, 2014 at 8:48AM

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While Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) has seen its fair share of trouble, there's still one thing it's avoided: criminal charges. But with the Justice Department readying charges against other banking behemoths, is the Charlotte, N.C.-based lender's luck about to run out?

According to media reports, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to pursue two major financial institutions for violations of criminal law. "There is no such thing as 'too big to jail,'" Holder said in a video posted on his agency's website Monday. "No individual or company, no matter how large or how profitable, is above the law."

The banks at issue are said to be France's BNP Paribas and Switzerland's Credit Suisse. The former is alleged to have violated sanctions through its dealings with Iran, Sudan, and Cuba. Meanwhile, the latter stands accused of facilitating tax evasion by American citizens.

Could this be the beginning of a larger trend? Is Bank of America next? Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield addresses these questions in the following video.

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