While Jim McMahon was a standout for the Chicago Bears in the 1980s, the former NFL quarterback did not go on to have such a strong career in the banking industry. The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported the FDIC is currently suing McMahon for his role in the 2010 failure of Chicago-based Broadway Bank.
Broadway Bank, like many other financial institutions, made some high-risk loans that came back to bite the bank and the FDIC's insurance funds when those loans weren't repaid. In McMahon's case, the lawsuit spells out that the Super Bowl-winning quarterback didn't display such exemplary leadership skills when he served on Broadway's Board of Directors. From approving a loan that lost the bank $19.5 million to missing important meetings, the lawsuit throws him in with many other executives at banks whose carelessness allegedly contributed to the economic slowdown, created hassle for account holders and cost the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund a lot of money.
This isn't the first lawsuit the FDIC has filed, either. According to Philip Shiskin at Reuters, the FDIC has filed 22 lawsuits over the past 18 months "targeting personal finances of former executives, their insurance policies, and sometimes their spouses' assets, in an attempt to claw back some of the money."
Still, if you think about the number of banks that failed over the past few years, 22 seems small in the grand scheme of collecting some of these funds. More than 400 banks have shuttered their doors since 2008, and I'm guessing there are more executives who should be held responsible for poor decision-making. Shiskin highlights that some critics argue that the FDIC has failed to make the extra effort to recoup some of the costs of these failures, citing the $95 million WaMu settlement. The FDIC initially stated that it was seeking up to $900 million in the damages from the most well-known bank failure of the past few years.
What do you think? Should the FDIC be more aggressive in holding banking executives accountable for their role in a financial failure?