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October 20, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo and E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Investigators with the state attorney general's office have subpoenaed Bank of America Corp. in connection with the sale and marketing of troubled mortgage-backed securities to California investors, according to a person familiar with the probe. The state is trying to determine whether the bank and its Countrywide Financial subsidiary sold investments backed by risky mortgages to institutional and private investors in California under false pretenses, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested confidentiality.
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October 15, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have widened their misconduct investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system, demanding internal Sheriff's Department documents detailing deputies' use of force on inmates over several years, as well as other records. Sheriff's officials balked at the size and scope of the subpoenas when they were served several weeks ago and are negotiating with federal prosecutors to reduce the number of documents they must produce. A source familiar with the demand said it sought the names of everyone who has worked in the jails since 2009, even janitors, and whether they have been disciplined for misconduct.
NEWS
October 12, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder has been subpoenaed by the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee, an escalation of the congressional investigation into the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a far-ranging subpoena that seeks all communications between Holder, his subordinates and the White House in connection with now-defunct Operation Fast and Furious. Issa contends Holder knew more about the operation than he has indicated to congressional investigators - a claim Holder has strongly denied.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
A leading House Republican investigating the ATF operation dubbed Fast and Furious subpoenaed documents from Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday, escalating the confrontation over the botched gun-tracing program. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a far-ranging subpoena seeking all communications between Holder, his deputies and the White House in connection with the now-defunct operation run by the Phoenix field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has subpoenaed Citigroup Inc. and its banking subsidiary, Citibank, ordering the two entities to answer questions regarding the selling and marketing of mortgage-backed securities in the Golden State, a person familiar with the investigation said. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity, would not further characterize the nature of the investigation. Spokespeople for the attorney general's office and Citi declined to comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Despite a warning from California's state auditor that they were committing a crime, Los Angeles County supervisors defied a subpoena for records involving the deaths of children who had been under the supervision of the troubled Department of Children and Family Services. The inquiry was launched by the Legislature earlier this year after reports in The Times that more than 70 children had died since 2008 of abuse or neglect after coming to the attention of county social workers.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2011 | Reuters
New York prosecutors have asked Goldman Sachs to explain its behavior in the run-up to the financial crisis, the latest investigation that has cast a pall over the reputation of the largest U.S. investment bank. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now faces probes by several government authorities into derivatives trades it executed in late 2006 and 2007. On Thursday, sources close to the matter said Goldman received a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney, who joins the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission in examining Goldman's actions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel issued a subpoena Wednesday, demanding documents related to the workings of a Gold Card parking ticket review service, saying the transportation department had stalled in providing full access to records. FOR THE RECORD: Gold Cards: An earlier version of the headline on this article indicated that the mayor had used the Gold Card service. The mayor's office, not the mayor himself, has acknowledged using the service to help constituents.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2011 | Alejandro Lazo
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating an obscure Florida firm that processes foreclosures for many of the nation's major financial institutions, as she intensifies her examination of repossession practices in the Golden State. The state's top law enforcement officer subpoenaed Lender Processing Services Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., a company that handles loans in default on behalf of several major banks. The subpoena requires LPS to produce documents and provide written answers to questions from the attorney general's office by June 24. As part of an investigation into so-called robo-signing, Harris said she was investigating whether employees of the company fraudulently signed key foreclosure documents in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2011 | By David Zahniser and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials have significantly expanded their internal investigation into corruption allegations at the city's building department, driven by fears of a much wider pattern of wrongdoing. In the month since two inspectors were arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes, the Department of Building and Safety has received three subpoenas from a federal grand jury, including one seeking personnel records for at least 11 current and former employees. Two department employees have been placed on leave over the last week, pending an investigation, officials confirm.
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