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-- More than a dozen banks and investment firms are suspected co-conspirators in a criminal probe by the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division into alleged bid rigging and price fixing in the municipal derivatives market, according to a court filing.
The list of banks was "inadvertently" filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan as part of a request for a bill of particulars in a criminal case against three former executives of CDR Financial Products Inc., a California municipal-bond broker. The executives, including CDR founder David Rubin, were indicted in October on conspiracy and fraud charges. They have denied wrongdoing.
In a letter Thursday, the lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero, who is hearing the criminal case, to strike the inadvertent filing.