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Friday, September 04, 2009

SEC Chairman Madoff? Corus and More

by Calculated Risk on 9/04/2009 09:55:00 PM

A few posts earlier today:

  • Problem Bank List (Unofficial) Sep 4, 2009 (5 more banks failed today)
  • Employment Report: 216K Jobs Lost, 9.7% Unemployment Rate
  • Unemployment: Stress Tests, Unemployed over 26 Weeks, Diffusion Index
  • Employment-Population Ratio, Part Time Workers, Average Workweek

    From the SEC: Investigation of Failure of the SEC to Uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme - Public Version - :
    The other NERO examiner noted that “[a]ll throughout the examination, Bernard Madoff would drop the names of high-up people in the SEC.” Madoff told them that Christopher Cox was going to be the next Chairman of the SEC a few weeks prior to Cox being officially named. He also told them that Madoff himself “was on the short list” to be the next Chairman of the SEC.
    emphasis added
    Note: first posted at the WSJ Washington Wire.

    The Corus auditor resigned. From a SEC 8-K filing today (ht jb):
    On August 31, 2009, Corus Bankshares, Inc. (the “Company”), received notification from Ernst & Young, LLP (“E&Y”) of their resignation as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.
    There was no disagreement with the auditor, but I guess E&Y isn't sticking around for the FDIC party.

    And a Cease & Desist for Granite Bank in North Carolina, from The Charlotte Observer: Bank of Granite under “cease and desist” order (ht Surferdude808)
    Regulators have placed Bank of Granite Corp. under a so-called “cease and desist” order, the bank announced this afternoon.
    But what makes this one a little unusual:
    Known for being conservative and thrifty, it was once praised by Warren Buffett as one of the best-run banks in the country.
    And here is a puzzle for you all (via Surferdude808). On the FDIC cert site, Platinum Community Bank is listed as having $148 million in assets. However, when the bank was seized today, the FDIC noted:
    Platinum Community Bank, as of August 29, 2009, had total assets of $345.6 million and total deposits of $305.0 million.
    Did this bank really more than double their assets in 60 days? (Update: probably is related to the bank holding company)