Criminal Charges Likely Coming Against Some Banks

Prosecutors are drawing attention to charges and lining up support of regulators before filing charges.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his department is readying criminal cases against banks that show financial institutions aren’t too big to prosecute.

Holder, in a video message posted today on the department’s website, said improved coordination with regulators is creating a relationship that “will prove key in the coming weeks and months” as prosecutors pursue charges. The government is nearing decisions on whether to charge Credit Suisse Group AG and BNP Paribas SA, people familiar with those probes said. Holder didn’t specify any banks.

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