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.”