Attorney General Eric Holder Seeks Increased Compensation for Cooperating Witnesses

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: Attorney General Eric Holder gestures while answering questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill on November 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from the Attorney General on the controversial "Fast and Furious" gun-running program. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Article_2_eric_holderThe Department of Justice called for an increase in compensation for whistleblowers and cooperating witnesses. The DOJ suggested that compensation levels were too low to entice executives in the financial industry to report wrongdoing.  The DOJ is under continued scrutiny for not aggressively pursuing criminal charges against executives who contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown.

Eric Holder also called for hiring additional FBI agents to conduct white collar investigations. He cited the need for expertise in forensic accounting and called for additional resources for the FBI to conduct complex investigations.

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