June 27, 2008
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NPR NEWS REPORTS:


U.S. ATTORNEY MAY FILE ADDITIONAL INDICTMENTS AGAINST BEAR STEARNS EXECUTIVES


DINA TEMPLE-RASTON REPORTING FOR NPR NEWS TODAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 27


June 27, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR News has exclusively learned that the federal government could file additional indictments against two former hedge fund managers at Bear Stearns, who were charged last week with securities fraud related to a nearly year-long investigation into Wall Street's role in the mortgage crisis.

NPR’s FBI correspondent Dina Temple-Raston reports that the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District in New York is focusing on whether Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin purposely mislead banks that lent them money for the fund. Temple-Raston reports that investigators are talking to representatives from Barclay’s, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. The indictments could come as early as next week.

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Temple-Raston was the first to report last week on the New York grand jury’s initial charges against the Bear Stearns executives. That report is available online at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91646101