Attorney General Eric Holder and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Marshall Miller have sent the message that the Department of Justice is looking to hold individuals responsible for corporate crime.

Holder, speaking at New York University, announced that the department is currently investigating the conduct of individuals at certain financial institutions and “expect[s] to bring charges in the coming months.” Holder also called on Congress to provide more robust incentives for whistleblowers under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”), and suggested a reward commensurate with that provided under the False Claims Act (up to 30% of the sanction imposed) to induce employees to come forward with information.