Will the Government’s Bank of America Mortgage Fraud Suit Deter Future Fraud?

Yesterday, we posted about the government's fraud suit against Bank of America. Today's Washington Post has this coverage, which quotes a former regulator who says that the suit is not big enough to deter future fraudulent conduct and who ties deterrence to the threat of jail time for bank executives:

“This is an act of tiny margins relative to the size of the
organizations and relative to the fraud committed,” said William K.
Black, a former bank regulator who teaches economics and law at the
University of Missouri. “Prosecutors can’t argue that these cases will
serve as a deterrence when there have been no criminal indictments of
senior executives.”

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