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More Departures at AIG?, DEA's Surveillance Plane Problems, Madoff Spotlight Swings to Brother

POSTED: 10:11 AM ET, 03/26/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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More Departures at AIG? » Several more employees are quitting the financial products unit that brought American International Group to its knees last year, according a Reuters source. Executive Jake DeSantis announced his resignation in a letter printed in Wednesday's New York Times, arguing that the employees still working are not the ones who caused the large losses and "are being unfairly persecuted by elected officials." — Reuters

DEA's Surveillance Plane Problems » The story behind why the Drug Enforcement Administration sought out the three planes, only to become the second federal agency to give them up, illustrates the pitfalls of "black," or classified, budgeting in which Congress approves tens of billions of dollars for intelligence agencies outside the public's view. — McClatchy

Madoff Spotlight Swings to Brother » Just when the Bernie Madoff story was starting to fade ever so slightly from the public consciousness, two things happened: a thinly-disguised Madoff character shows up on Law & Order Wednesday night (ripped from the headlines!), and perhaps more importantly, Bernie's brother, Peter, gets caught in a lawsuit. — Wall Street Journal

Mortgage Fraud Cases Slam FBI » Director Robert Mueller says the agency's mortgage fraud caseload has more than doubled in the past three years, and the surge shows no sign of subsiding. Agents have more than 2,000 active mortgage fraud investigations, up from 700 several years ago, and are pursuing more than 560 corporate fraud cases, including probes directly related to the financial turmoil, the FBI director said. — Government Executive

Pilot Faulted in Fatal NY Crash » A pilot on the flight that killed 50 people outside Buffalo last month apparently triggered the crash by yanking the aircraft into a sudden steep climb that caused it to lose control, federal accident investigators said Wednesday. — USA Today

After the jump...

BEST OF THE REST
» House Approves TARP Watchdog Bill (POGO)
» FBI Chief Urges Renewal of Patriot Act (WaPo)
» Dodd Hits Back as Wife's AIG Ties Are Scrutinized (HuffPost)
» PMA founder once won earmarks for Yankees owner (TheHill)
» Report Finds Many Food Sources Untraceable (NYT)
» Activist sues Pa. Ethics Commission (Post-Gazette)
» Md. Woman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scam (WaPo)
» UK Weighs Monitoring Social Sites Like Facebook (Telegraph)
» Report: Afghanistan aid program flawed (USAT)

By Amanda Zamora |  March 26, 2009; 10:11 AM ET The Daily Read
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