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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Misc: Ernst & Young accused of fraud, Banks accused of illegal break-ins

by Calculated Risk on 12/21/2010 10:14:00 PM

Two stories: Lehman's accounting was fishy. The other is a real fish story ...

• From the NY Times DealBook: Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman

The New York attorney general on Tuesday sued Ernst & Young, accusing the accounting firm of helping Lehman Brothers, its client, “engage in a massive accounting fraud” by misleading investors about the investment bank’s financial health.
• From Andrew Martin at the NY Times: In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks
In Texas, for example, Bank of America had the locks changed and the electricity shut off last year at Alan Schroit’s second home in Galveston, according to court papers. Mr. Schroit, who had paid off the house, had stored 75 pounds of salmon and halibut in his refrigerator and freezer, caught during a recent Alaskan fishing vacation.

“Lacking power, the freezer’s contents melted, spoiled and reeking melt water spread through the property and leaked through the flooring into joists and lower areas,” the lawsuit says. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Not sure how you get that smell out.