A prospective client investigation was ordered on a company and its president, but the preliminary information was enough to reject this individual or any company under his control from the proposed business engagement. Initial court searches uncovered a 2003 criminal misdemeanor conviction for possession of a false identification to be used to defraud. The index did not provide much information and the file was destroyed by the court, so SI’s analyst turned to media sources to dig deeper. Sure enough, one article referenced guilty pleas entered by the subject and his business partner for hiring imposters to take the Series 7 securities brokers’ examination for them. Each was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $5,000. Articles from 2004 reported three civil cases for fraud in jurisdictions where the subject appeared to have no residential history. Follow-up research found that judgments in these lawsuits totaled more than $4.6 million. Several articles also linked the subject to a con artist who had admitted to defrauding ethnic organizations and individuals of $80 million during the late 1990s. And in 2007, the FDIC had executed a settlement agreement with the subject and (the same) business partner after they allegedly failed to seek FDIC approval before making an investment in an unregistered bank holding company. On the whole, this company president had been engaged in fraudulent activities for over a decade and no legal or regulatory action appeared to stop his mode of operation.