Barofsky Complies With Grayson Request For Citi Audit

Tyler Durden's picture

Two months ago Zero Hedge first wrote about Alan Grayson's request to the SIGTARP to audit the $300 billion in federal guarantees received by Citigroup. Neil Barofsky has taken the request seriously, and has announced that he will "examine why the
guarantees were given, how they were structured and whether the
bank’s risk controls are adequate to prevent government losses."

As a reminder here are Grayson's 6 key concerns:

1. How was the deal negotiated by Citigroup, the Federal Reserve, and
the Treasury? How does this loss-sharing arrangement benefit taxpayers?
2. What are current mark-to-market losses to the Federal Reserve in this loss-sharing arrangement?
3. What is the current cash flow from these assets? Are these asset performing?
Who should be held accountable for the reckless acquisition of a third
of a trillion dollars in assets that ended up requiring a government
[emphasis mine]
5. Which vendors are pricing these assets, and are there conflicts of interest present in these vending arrangements?
6. Is the Federal Reserve guaranteeing assets generated from lender-induced mortgage fraud and predatory lending practices?

Among the main questions to be probed is whether Citigroup’s loans and securities
were adequately written down (unlikely) and how much of a potential hit to the taxpayers this would result in.

“If they picked a high price, the losses could be a major
exposure for the taxpayer,” Stiglitz said.

The audit will address “the basis on which the decision
was made” as well as the “process for selecting loans to be
guaranteed,” according to Barofsky’s letter. The inspector
general also will assess “the risk-management and internal
controls and related oversight processes and procedures to
mitigate risks to the government

And, lurking somewhere in the shadows, Sheila Bair will be waiting for an adverse finding to finally give Vikram the long overdue and much justified boot.


SIGTARP Letter on Citigroup Audit

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capitalisa's picture

Yay.  I wonder how long this will take.

Sqworl's picture

Oh to see Skamram Bandit exit Citi...if only!

Mos's picture

Two years from now we will find out that apparently Citi is insolvent and Pandit is a buffoon (who knew?).  But hey, by then it won't matter cause Comrade Obama will have fixed the economy.

avatar's picture

apparantly a ship with a sail can also be a cocaine laced rape party.

Anonymous's picture

"cocaine laced rape party."
Lol! That's going on the wedding invite!

Anonymous's picture

What is WL Ross buying when it hires a dewy goof like Lockhart?

Project Mayhem's picture

lol @  Citigroup.   lets take a trip down the memory hole...


Citibank Implicated in Money Laundering for Fox Campaign

 June 24, 2000

U.S. Interests Are Found Along Illicit Money Route
"Spurious Opposition" Revealed

Special to The Narco News Bulletin by Al Giordano

"Involvement in the dark route of these monies by foreign banking institutions such as Citibank of New York -- already implicated in the Salinas and Hank family money-laundering scandals -- and the Bank of the West, of El Paso, Texas."

Sqworl's picture

You forget that Robert Hernandez sold banamex to citi??????  the fool got his 2B + in stock...hahahaha

peoplesdemocraticsocialistrepublicofmaryland's picture

ZH talks.........government listens!!!

Anonymous's picture

I think we need a ZH facebook fan page ;)

Sqworl's picture

And how will we remain annon????? No fb is Big Brother!

economessed's picture

Barofsky is a rare breed in .gov.  He has the integrity thing going on.  He reminds me of Pat Fitzgerald (with a knack for finance.)

texpat's picture

For the risks that Barofsky is running, watch Harry Markopolis' testimony to the Financial Services Cmttee. The poor bastard was terrified for his life, even to the extent of ensuring no fingerprints were on evidence letters he attempted to pass to Spitzer.

Watching this testimony is better than almost any novel.

Anonymous's picture

I think we can safely expect zero compliance from the Federal Reserve. Bernanke has grown more haughty by the day. The only thing that can possibly start this ball rolling is a serious discussion about a revocation of the Federal Reserve Act. And since no one in government has the balls to even suggest such heresy, I think we can safely expect this to add up to a big fat zero.

The only answer will come from a complete and utter meltdown of the financial system. After our economic hiroshima comes down the pipe in a year or two, we'll see some change.

But we'll see blood in the streets (non metaphorical of course) long before we see any improvement.

Anonymous's picture

What a complete fuck up ... Geither is clueless.. and Bernanke plays with taxpayers money like a crazy mofo

rapier's picture

C continues to wait in the wings as the next sacrificial lamb should the time come. Not that they don't deserve it but like LEH they drew the short straw. Every week that passes allows the vultures to hone in on the good meat and the way to grab it.  Tim will take the bad.


One can only hope Tim gets paid off properly when this is all over. He probably won't. He's just a chump.


Gordon_Gekko's picture

Perhaps Barofsky would be well advised to beef up his security, alongwith Mr. Grayson. People who tend to meddle into the affairs of the oligarchy have a habit of "disappearing".

Rusty_Shackleford's picture

or having the Korean Airlines jet they're riding on shot down by the Soviet military over the Sea of Japan.

rapier's picture

No they don't. Except for the occasional selective prosecution such crude things aren't necessary in the US.  1 citizen in 500K know who Grayson is or who Liz Warren is. They are back back benchers. The slow unveiling of facts from them and others serves the purpose of immunizing it.  It's called the limited hangout and it's one of the foundations of modern PR.

While the Teabaggers hate The Street with white hot intensity their anger is easily channeled into anti health care rages.  It's all so very easy.



texpat's picture

I'm kinda surprised there hasn't been a breakthough of honest media into the MSM.

Think using the internet to coordinate some of the late night cable stations.

Maybe we should coordinate a campaign of trying to get honesty into one station. Denninger on beaker's show is at least a start, though it looks like it may have been the kiss of death for beaker!!!!

Miles Kendig's picture

If I recall the ratings agencies did not have access to the lenders file on the mortgages that made up their pools & securities.  If this is the case one has to wonder what the SIGTARP will find besides a boat load of fraud, waste & abuse.  Just what Paulson, Rubin, Bernanke, Greenspan, Geithner, Summers excell at.  So long as it is at taxpayer expense since the concept of personal responsibility and enforcement of moral hazard (except with respect to those that compete with GS) does not apply to those who are supposed to personify loyalty to the institution.

The folks listed and their corporate masters are using every opportunity to squeeze every drop from the American citizen rather than of devising a sustainable economy.  What a bunch of fraudulent @$$ho(es.

There is no sense in expecting any real reform from these folks until they have totally crashed the whole system and we can finally regain control from the Kleptocrats. 

Wilderman's picture

I agree, a more immediate reset is preferrable for the non-empowered (everyone besides international financiers, politicians, et les autres), but, given sufficient time to consolidate their gains, do you really (I mean Seth and Amy really) expect we will be in any position to regain control from these folks?

I don't disagree with your post, am just pointing out the task ahead.  We need 10,000 more Graysons.

Miles Kendig's picture

As a graduate of the Airborne, Ranger & SERE courses I am familiar with the concept of facing & surmounting challenges as are countless others, including many folks that frequent ZH. The question then becomes how do interested folks combine their efforts to achieve maximum velocity of limited action?

I submit that there are far more than 10K Graysons ready & available, they just haven't truly found each other just yet or are only aware in a limited way.  On the inside the "Grayson" is referred to as "loyal to the institution" and most folks would be surprised as to how many take that quite seriously.  This affliction is what has held things as they are for so long.  Once that nut gets cracked, especially in more authoritarian locations and those that are more reliant upon its bureaucracy the greater the velocity the unraveling will achieve.

Anonymous's picture

There is only one solution to all those mayhems. Get the retirees out of the stock market,and get rid of the goverment subsidies through taxation to the stock market. After that, there are no more hostages in the hands of wall street. And ,then let them do whatever they want,pump dump or dance in the street. You play the game at your own risk

Green Sharts's picture

There's a short piece on Rep. Grayson in the current issue of Fortune magazine.  Grayson is a former telecom entrepreneur who was swindled out of $34 million in an apparent Ponzi scheme by a South Carolina firm called Derivium Capital.  Derivium was founded by Charles Cathcart, a PhD economist and former Citi executive.

Grayson is quoted as follows:  "There is this fantasy that some people have, including lawmakers, that the world is full of benign people who simply want the free market to do its magic.  We need stiff regulations to make sure con artists and crooks don't take over the entire financial services industry."

Anonymous's picture

He is about 15-20 years late. They already have. Anybody remeber the oriental ring that was caught back in the late ninties,who were taking GMAT tests for students in the east coast and providing the answer to the west coast???anybody can make the connection(specially those who take the gaptcha test)??

Econofresh's picture

As long as my citi stock go up, I don't care :)

I think it's a good use of taxpayers money. For ME, MYSELF and I! :)