Traders Have Been Tempted Before

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The Societe Generale banking scandal joins a long list of rogue trading cases, from Baring Banks' Nick Leeson in the mid-'90s to a $750 million theft in 2002 by a trader at Ireland's largest bank.


And our last word in business is bank fraud. In honor of the big French bank fraud case, we look at some other famous rogue trades.

In 2002, a trader at Ireland's largest bank stole $750 million from his firm to pad his salary, though that's almost too small to count compared to some other cases. An executive in Japan's Daiwa Bank racked up $1.1 billion from unauthorized trades in 1995. And then there's the trader at the hedge fund Amaranth, whose shady deals in natural gas contracts in 2006 cost the firm $6.4 billion. The fund folded.

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