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Mortgage Fraud Bill Passes; GAO Cites Abuse of Disabled Children; U.S. Joins Wyeth Lawsuits

POSTED: 10:24 AM ET, 05/19/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Mortgage Fraud Bill Passes » Congress on Monday sent to President Obama a bill to clamp down on mortgage fraud and set up a $5 million independent commission to investigate the cause of the worldwide financial meltdown. Also this week, Democratic leaders hope to send Obama legislation on credit cards that would protect consumers from arbitrary rate hikes. — Associated Press, USA Today

GAO Cites Abuse of Disabled Children » Children with disabilities are being secluded from classmates and restrained against their will to control their behavior, according to a new report of the Government Accountability Office. Investigators cited "hundreds of allegations" of abuse involving restraint or seclusion at schools from 1990 to 2009; in Texas and California, they said, public schools recorded a combined 33,095 instances in the past school year alone. — USA Today

U.S. Joins Wyeth Lawsuits » The Justice Department and 16 states have joined two whistleblower lawsuits alleging that Wyeth defrauded the government by offering deep discounts to hospitals on two of its drugs that it didn't offer the government. The lawsuits claim Wyeth avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates to state Medicaid programs for the drugs. — Wall Street Journal ($)

» Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay (AP)
» Supreme Court To Hear Sarbanes-Oxley Challenge (WaPo)
» Awaiting Agency Reports on Stimulus Programs (ProPublica)
» SEC Official Denies Allegations of Intimidation (WaPo)
» Trustee Sues Hedge Funds Over Losses to Madoff (NYT)
» Director of NY State Ethics Panel Resigns (NYT)
» Alleged Misconduct at Waterfront Commission Probed (DailyNews)
» Disbarment of Ex-Bush Administration Lawyers Sought (NYT)
» Amid Queries, CIA Worries About Future (WaPo)
» Privacy advocates discourage 'whole-body imaging' at airports (CNN)

By Amanda Zamora |  May 19, 2009; 10:24 AM ET The Daily Read
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