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by: Andy Kroll 2010-3-14
The wave of financial crime may have peaked in 2005 or 2006, but the detritus of such collapsed schemes has left regulators and investigators ever busier. Almost four times as many Ponzi schemes broke down in 2009 -- 150 -- as in 2008 -- 40. The FBI began more than 2,100 securities fraud cases last year, an increase from 1,750 the year before. The SEC likewise dealt out 82% more restraining orders against Ponzi schemes and similar frauds in 2009 than the previous year. 2008 belonged to Madoff, but 2009 and 2010 have displayed a far more eclectic cast of crooks, notes Andy Kroll...

by: Andy Kroll 2009-12-10
For those who have clung to their homes in hard-hit areas, the value of those investments has plummeted, while the ability to sell and so move elsewhere -- to take a new job or live in a cheaper market -- is now greatly hindered. In other words, a crisis like this one in a city like Stockton is not easily escaped, says Andy Kroll...