A Spot of Bother

Looks like John Corzine, former Democratic (let’s get that straight right off) senator from New Jersey and governor of the same, is bidding fair to become, sooner or later, a guest of the US government due to 1) breaking someone else’s piggy bank and 2) fibbing about it to the wrong people:

Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd.’s chief executive officer, gave “direct instructions” to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage’s JPMorgan Chase & Co. accounts in London, according to an e-mail sent by a firm executive.

Edith O’Brien, a treasurer for the firm, said in an e-mail sent the afternoon of Oct. 28, three days before the company collapsed, that the transfer of the funds was “Per JC’s direct instructions,” according to a copy of a memo drafted by congressional investigators and obtained by Bloomberg News.

I mean, how can you answer this?  The only defense I can think of is to claim that he’s not the “JC” referred to.  “Your honor, Ms. O’Brien was listening to a supernatural power.”

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