March 20, 2010
A senior US senator urged Attorney General Eric Holder Friday to create a task force to investigate possible criminal conduct behind the collapse of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers.
“I am deeply concerned about the facts that have come to light regarding the demise of Lehman Brothers and the accounting manipulation that contributed to it,” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd wrote in a letter to Holder.
“I respectfully ask you to commission a task force to investigate the Lehman situation as well as other companies that may have engaged in similar accounting manipulation with a view to prosecution of employees or agents who contributed to any violations of the law.”
Lehman collapsed in September 2008 in the largest bankruptcy in history, triggering a financial shockwave that dragged the global economy into a painful recession that has left US unemployment stubbornly near 10 percent.