Comment: Is this a concealed kickback?

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Is this a concealed kickback?

When government agencies levy fines on corporate and banking cartels for fraudulent actions in the performance of their business it always appears to me as though they are actually participating in the crime and receiving a kickback.

There is always an agreement between the government agency like the DoJ or SEC or CFTC and the companies involved and a payoff to the government. The same thing happened when the Enron scam broke and all the Wall Street firms involved who were up to their oxters in the scam agreed to pay huge fines but no individual ever did any hard time like the Enron executives.

The victims of the crimes are never compensated for the fraud perpetrated against them. All the loot ends up in the coffers of the cartels or in the pockets of the regulators. I wonder if there are any bonuses involved for the most active invigilators. This might explain the rapid settlements/payoffs.

PS They used a very revealing phrase: "...The deal, BROKERED by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice". That sums it up nicely.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)