TARP Overseer Initiates 20 Criminal Probes

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The bad news: 20 criminal investigations into people who have tried to rip off the TARP program have been initiated by federal prosecutors, with more investigations likely. The good news: at least we’re going after these people in a timely fashion.

If you agree the bailout is necessary, you have to accept some amount of this — any pile of money that big is going attract people seeking to filch some of it, and the best we can do is try to stop them before they are successful and catch them afterward if they are, which appears to be what the Obama administration is doing. I am officially not outraged.

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