UK Serious Fraud Office To Begin Criminal Probe Into Lieborgate

Tyler Durden's picture

And in the meantime, not a peep about any bank in the US, which is ironic considering JPM, Citi and BofA are BBA member banks, and had among the lowest fixing rates during the period in question, and as Bob Diamond himself said, "everyone did it." One may almost get the impression that US regulators and politicians, gasp, have a motive to not investigate banks for not only criminal but civil malfeasance. And why should they: after all there is unlimited taxpayer money. And if that ends, the US can just print some more.

From Reuters:

Britain's fraud-busting agency on Friday said it had agreed to investigate the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal, which on Tuesday led to the departure of Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond.


"The SFO Director David Green QC has today decided formally to accept the Libor matter for investigation," the Serious Fraud Office said in a brief statement.


The SFO said Monday it would decide within a month whether to press criminal charges over the Libor affair, amid concerns banks understated their borrowing costs to make it appear they were in better financial health than they were.

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Cdad's picture

More banker pink slips, please.

CommunityStandard's picture

Politicians were in on it.

LMAOLORI's picture

I believe that a bunch of them were bought off by Countrywide 

Wall Street Supporters In Congress Unmoved By Libor Probe


Countrywide used VIP program to sway Congress: report

Popo's picture

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.

-- The Declaration of Independence

IrritableBowels's picture

“In terms of legislative calendar, it’s late in the clock and there’s not a lot to be done here pre-election,” Mark Calabria, a former Republican Senate Banking Committee aide, said in a telephone interview. “Regardless of what happens at JPMorgan, Congress is leaving at the beginning of August barring the financial system itself actually collapsing. And even then, Congress would probably still take a recess.”


SheepRevolution's picture

Criminal investigation my ass. Bring out the guillotine already.

HoofHearted's picture

Over/under on the number of people getting charged for this?

I'd go with one...and take the under...

lizzy36's picture

Perhaps the yank banks are being pursued by the "unserious fraud office" know the SEC.

New_Meat's picture

liz: ya beat me to it.  Or is the UK bureaucracy stratified into "serious", "so-so", and "garden variety" fraud offices?

- Ned

Temporalist's picture

In the US it's the "Really We Are Serious This Time And We Mean It (The Very Second We Stop Watching Leprechaun Nipple Porn) Fraud Office"

BeetleBailey's picture

it reminds me of Bugs doing it to Yosemite Sam..."cross DIS line!"

The SEC plays Bugs, and also Sam in this case....bunch of turds.

The You Tube video is a hoot!

DogSlime's picture

The "Serious" Fraud Office will spend two years investigating and conclude that a successful prosecution would be unlikely.  They usually cite that the case is too complex for a jury to understand.


dracos_ghost's picture

The UK Unserious Fraud Office ... Sounds like a great Monty Python sketch.

Nobody For President's picture
Lizzy - Plus  1 for 'yank banks'

as in yanking us around

knukles's picture

Wonder if they have a motive not to investigate?

Understatement defined

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The fix is in......EVERYTHING .

DeadFred's picture

It's a given that the SEC will do nothing, but what's with the Brits? One would be tempted to think that they have a small shred of integrity but I suspect it's really some other motive. I'm at a loss to figure out what it is though.

Temporalist's picture

The last remaining shred of integrity has been re-hypothecated infinitely.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

Link to PDF of Justice Department agreement dated june 26th/2012 not to prosecute Barclays criminally. Issued by Denis Mcinerney Chief Criminal Division,Fraud Section United States Dept. of Justice signed by Daniel Braun Deputy Chief of same and by Barclays  attorney Steven R. Peikin. crazy!!!


Case closed bitchez!!!

GMadScientist's picture

"applies only to Barclays, and not to any entities or individuals, including but not limited to employees or officers"

Reading: it's fundamental.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

the letter does in fact speak for itself...did I say Bob Diamond, anyone else or a particular entity was off the hook?


how many other such release documents remain undisclosed?




GMadScientist's picture

"Case closed bitchez"

Uh huh. Right.

EscapeKey's picture

No doubt they consulted the legal team at Barclay's, to get the "best wording possible".

fijisailor's picture

Noticed also there was a rather paltry fine in the letter also

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

This might be the thing that undermines "reserve currency status"

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Nah, the spin will be "THIS IS WHY WE NEED GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE INTEREST RATES!!!!", which is clever also because it implies that, say, the Federal Reserve is "government".  

It's a bit like how they treat gambling.  State lottery?  Thumbs up!  A poker game with your friends?  Thumbs way the fuck down!

buzzsaw99's picture

serious fraud office. lulz

LeBalance's picture

Jedi Ben Shalom mind trick: "it is not in anyone's best interest for any regulator to not be watching tranny porn 24/7/365."

Regulating masses: "we do obey divine master!"

Taterboy's picture

Since when has fraud become "serious".

TrainWreck1's picture

Only when it can impact elections or campaign contributions.


Bill D. Cat's picture

John Cleese no doubt in charge .

HoofHearted's picture

I'd take Cleese or Graham Chapman or any of them over the Muppets that are in charge of most of these departments...

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Reagan got rid of our serious fraud office. He said it WAS the problem. Or something like that. Crazy. Dumb. Actor.

GMadScientist's picture

"Reaganism replaced Enlightenment thinking with the corrupted Romanticism that portrays free-market purism as an article of religious faith that is the real meaning of America. The answer to any of the economic challenges of the twenty-first century is to do nothing. Cut taxes, eviscerate all regulation of private enterprise, and trust the market to guide our fates."

Never mind that the doddering fuck didn't even walk what he talked.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Doesn't matter, that was the propaganda line for the EM and LatAm countries. Typical Western hypocrisy or calculating imperialism ploy?

GMadScientist's picture

"FreedomFighters(t) wanted: apply within"

midgetrannyporn's picture

Raygun is dead and we're all better off for it.

Stoploss's picture

Im pretty sure the gen pop will take care of this on their own as has been done in the past.

q99x2's picture

It is conspiracy by politicians and bankers to commit atrocities against the elderly, unemployed and law abiding citizens. They need to be locked up NOW!

mberry8870's picture

At this time, a senior Barclays Treasury manager informed BBA in a telephone call that it

had not been reporting accurately, although he noted that Barclays was not the worst offender of

the panel bank members. "We're clean, but we're dirty-clean, rather than clean-clean." The

BBA representative responded, "no one's clean-clean." The senior Barclays Treasury manager

replied "no, because ofthe very fact of what happened to us ... We were clean ... the market ...

reacted accordingly. And that's why we stepped away again." The senior Barclays Treasury

manager was referencing the market speculation about Bat'clays' high LIBOR submission in

early fall 2007. The BBA representative indicated that he understood what happened to any

banle that moved against the trend of lower submissions. The same senior Barclays Treasury

manager had a similar conversation with the FSA during a surveillance call regarding market

liquidity conditions

moriarty's picture

Paper tiger, they are as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

Spend millions on investigations and hardly ever get a mister medium never mind a mister big.

Pumpkin's picture

Do they have a not so serious fraud department.  I would think, at least to any victim, that all fraud would be serious. 

JenkinsLane's picture

The SFO's nickname over here is the Serious Farce Office because they're useless.

Azannoth's picture

They will simply use the 'other' definition of fix-ed as in not-broken, than they'll say Barclay's 'un-broke the Libor' and  all be peachy again

Diplodicus Rex's picture

In the UK we refer to the SFO as the Serious Farce Office due to the number of cases of fraud NOT prosecuted. We also refer to the FSA as the Financial Scam Agancy for their complicit support of financial scams.


As much as I'd like to see this go all the way, I have no hopes that the 'regulators' will do any 'regulating'.

hellas4life's picture

aside from the 30 trillion in bailouts to the banks via the fed and teh treasury there are trillions more in hidden costs such as sham prosecutions(or lackthereof) and settlements.


never ending bailouts.  woo hooooooooo