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William K. Black

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William K. Black
Born September 6, 1951
Nationality American
Other names William Kurt Black
Occupation Lawyer, academic, author
former bank regulator
Known for Developing the concept of "control fraud"

William Kurt Black  is an American lawyer, academic, author, and a former bank regulator.[1] Black's expertise is in white-collar crimepublic finance, regulation, and other topics in law and economics. He developed the concept of "control fraud", in which a business or national executive uses the entity he or she controls as a "weapon" to commit fraud.




Black earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Black is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Department of Economics and the School of Law. He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007 and previously taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and at Santa Clara University.[2]

Black was litigation director for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) from 1984 to 1986, deputy director of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) in 1987, and Senior VP and the General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 1987 to 1989, which regulated some of the largest thrift banks in the U.S.[3]

[edit]Savings and Loan Scandal

Black was a central figure in exposing Congressional corruption during the Savings and Loan Crisis. He took the notes during the Keating Five meeting that were later published in the press, and brought the event to national attention and a congressional investigation.

According to Bill Moyers,

"The former Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention now teaches Economics and Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. During the savings and loan crisis, it was Black who accused then-house speaker Jim Wright and five US Senators, including John Glenn and John McCain, of doing favors for the S&L's in exchange for contributions and other perks. The senators got off with a slap on the wrist, but so enraged was one of those bankers, Charles Keating — after whom the senate's so-called "Keating Five" were named — he sent a memo that read, in part, 'get Black — kill him dead.' Metaphorically, of course. Of course."[4]

[edit]The Real News Network appearances

Black has appeared many times on The Real News Network from 2008 to date, providing insights and analysis into the corporate looting/ plundering of the United States' and global economies.

[edit]Bill Moyers Journal appearance

On April 3, 2009 Black appeared on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and provided critical commentary on the U.S. banking crisis.[5] In the interview with Bill Moyers,[6] Black asserted that the banking crisis in the United States that started in late 2008 is essentially a big Ponzi scheme; that the "liar loans" and other financial tricks were essentially illegal frauds; and that the triple-A ratings given to these loans was part of a criminal cover-up. He said that the "Prompt Corrective Action Law" passed after the Savings and loan crisis mandated that ailing banks should be put into receivership. Black also stated that trying to hide how bad the situation is will simply prolong the problem, as happened in Japan's lost decade. Black stated that Timothy Geithner is engaged in a cover-up, and that the administration does not want people to understand what went wrong or how bad the banking situation is today.

[edit]Testimony before Congress on the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers

On April 20, 2010, Black testified before the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing titled "Public Policy Issues Raised by the Report of the Lehman Bankruptcy Examiner." He testified about the role that Alt-A mortgages, what he called "liars loans," on residential real estate played in the downfall of Lehman Brothers. His testimony was that "Lehman’s failure is a story in large part of fraud. And it is fraud that begins at the absolute latest in 2001, and that is with their subprime and liars’ loan operations."[7] As explained in his prepared statement, his reference was to Aurora Loan Services, Inc., which was a subsidiary of Lehman: "Lehman’s principal source of (fictional) income and real losses was making (and selling) what the trade accurately called 'liar’s loans' through its subsidiary, Aurora. (The bland euphemism for liar’s loans was 'Alt-A.') Liar’s loans are 'criminogenic' (they create epidemics of mortgage fraud) because they create strong incentives to provide false information on loan applications."[8]

On the same page in his prepared testimony Black referenced an article from the Denver Post dated September 16, 2008, the day after Lehman filed for bankruptcy. The article reported on the uncertain fate of Aurora Loan Services, which was based nearby, and quoted Lehman's chief financial officer as saying the previous week that, "The majority of our write-downs were in Alt-A driven by an increase in.. . delinquencies and loss expectations." The article also said that Lehman was "among the first of its peers to originate home loans and securitize them for sale across the globe, and it fueled the growth of the Alt-A loan."[9]


Black is the author of, among others, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, 2005, University of Texas PressISBN 0-292-72139-0.[10][11][12]

Bill Black wrote many articles for the Huffington Post from 2009 to date, focusing on financial and political fraud and chicanery and (legal and illegal) corruption.

[edit]Selected works

  • The U.S. Banking Industry in Transition in Real World Banking, eds. Dan Fireside & Amy Gluckman (Dollars & Sense 2008)
  • When Fragile Become Friable: Endemic Control Fraud as a Cause of Economic Stagnation and Collapse, in White Collar Crimes: a Debate, K. Naga Srivalli, ed., Hyderabad, India, The Icfai University Press (2007: 162-178)
  • Corruption Kills, International Handbook of White-Collar Crime, Henry Pontell & G. Geis eds. (Springer 2007)
  • Control fraud v. the protocols, Crime, Law & Social Change, Volume 45, No. 3 (April 2006: 241-258)
  • The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, University of Texas at Austin Press (April 2005)
  • “Control frauds” as financial super-predators: How “pathogens” make financial markets inefficient, Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 34. No.6 (December 2005: 734-755)
  • Control Fraud as an Explanation for White-Collar Crime Waves: The Case of the Savings & Loan Debacle, Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 43, No. 1 (February 2005: 1-29)
  • The Dango Tango: Why Corruption Blocks Real Reform in Japan, Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 14, Issue 4 (October 2004: 602-623)
  • The Imperium Strikes Back: The Need to Teach Socioeconomics to Law Students, San Diego Law Review, No. 1 (Winter 2004: 231-256)
  • Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Enron Uses Its High Tech Information System to Defraud, CISIC 2003 Conference Symposium edition (McGraw-Hill 2003)
  • Re-examining the Law & Economics Theory of Corporate Governance, Challenge Vol. 46, No. 2 (March/April 2003: 22-40)
  • A Tale of Two Crises, Kravis Leadership Institute Leadership Review, fall 2002
  • Why do the Non-Heathens Rage?, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 8(3) (2001: 225-276)
  • The Savings and Loan Debacle of the 1980's: White-Collar Crime or Risky Business? (with K. Calavita e H. Pontell) Law and Policy. Vol. 17, No. 1 (January 1995: 23-55)
  • Ending Our Forebearers' Forbearances: FIRREA and Supervisory Goodwill, Stanford Law & Policy Review 102 (Spring 1990)
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  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 16 November 2012

    There are some great William Black videos and interviews on YouTube. He talks so much sense. Imagine his being ASIC Chairman....

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 16 November 2012

    'CICAC' ~ Commonwealth Independent Commission Against Corruption

    Desperately "required" column: --beyond 'pending' Banksters' Royal-Commission['WTR'] --The Commonwealth Independent Commission Against Corruption[CICAC]--expanded "Terms of Reference" to especially include "oversight" of the Banking & Financial Industry --juxtaposed to regular oversight mandates pertaining to general government entities/depts exhibiting "Dead~Bodies & Skeletons" --such as that dubious shadowy apparatus always running a high temperature "flu"["forever-lying-undeterred] also known as A~SIC 'puppy' indeed.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 16 November 2012

    Is there a Commonwealth Anti-Corruption body? I heard talk of setting one up and there used to be ICAC. I think all the states have Anti-Corruption bodies.
    The Loan Scandal is potentially an anti-corruption issue at a Commonwealth level. If the Federal Government refuse the calls for a Royal Commission into Banking/Finance/White Collar crime (ie. something including Banking Fraud) then the National Anti-Corruption Body could be used as a starting point to question government/bank industry conditions and conduct.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Saturday, 17 November 2012

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau + special team of federal prosecutors and state attorneys re --investigating abusive mortgage lending

    Lisa, fed police or crime commission, but it goes after "political" enemies

    we need a truly "independent" body that has powers to tackle banksters, the US Obama admin have recently established such a "beast":

    Obama announces financial crimes unit
    By Peter Schroeder - 01/24/12 09:50 PM ET
    President Obama announced a new unit devoted to major financial crimes as he offered tough words for Wall Street during his State of the Union address.

    The unit will be staffed by "highly trained investigators" and charged with tracking "large-scale fraud." Obama argued Tuesday night that financial firms currently have little to fear for violating the law, and pressed Congress to beef up penalties for financial wrongdoing.

    "Some financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there’s no real penalty for being a repeat offender," he said, according to prepared remarks. "That’s bad for consumers, and it’s bad for the vast majority of bankers and financial service professionals who do the right thing. So pass legislation that makes the penalties for fraud count."

    Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Schapiro asked Congress in November to significantly increase the penalties it can dish out for violations of financial laws. The SEC has recently come under criticism for not requiring individuals and entities settling with the agency to have to admit guilt to put charges to rest.

    The president also announced that Attorney General Eric Holder has been charge with establishing a special team of federal prosecutors and state attorneys general devoted to investigating abusive mortgage lending and the packaging of risky mortgages that contributed to the financial crisis.

    The announcement came during a stretch of his annual address where the president offered pointed criticism of Wall Street while touting the Dodd-Frank financial reform law aimed at curbing the bad behavior that enabled the financial crisis.

    "I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules," he said as he ran down a number of major provisions of the Wall Street overhaul.

    "If you’re a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers’ deposits," he said. "You’re required to write out a 'living will' that details exactly how you’ll pay the bills if you fail — because the rest of us aren’t bailing you out ever again."

    He also used the speech as an opportunity to tout his recently appointed director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray.

    Obama ignored a Senate pro forma session to recess appoint Cordray to the position, after GOP senators blocked the nominee. The controversial move led to strong criticism from Republicans and business groups that opposed the bureau, who also suggested the appointment would be challenged in court.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Saturday, 17 November 2012

    We need to entice him over here to our 'lucky' country

    The banksters bring in their help from 'over the water'. It's time the government brought someone in of this calibre to keep the bankster bastards from committing further crimes & bringing them to account for those they have already committed.

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