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

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.

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  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2014, at 7:49 PM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    There is no doubt, fraud, pure and simple, has been a business strategy of the corrupt Bank. ...funfun..

  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2014, at 8:05 PM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    Fraud seems to be a polestar business strategy of this bank and its mendacious Management!


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