Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to pay $36.3 million over allegations that former employees obtained confidential documents from the Federal Reserve in a settlement that requires the bank to beef up its policies to prevent another lapse.
The Fed is also pursuing a fine and a permanent banking ban against a former Goldman Sachs managing director, Joseph Jiampietro, over his unauthorized use and disclosure of Fed secrets, according to a statement Wednesday from the agency. The Fed said Goldman Sachs’ employees used confidential supervisory information in presentations to clients to try to solicit business.
Starting in 2012, Jiampietro — an investment banker who formerly worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. — received bank regulators’ unauthorized supervisory information and used it for his work at Goldman Sachs, according to the Fed.
In 2014, a Goldman Sachs banker, Rohit Bansal, allegedly shared confidential Fed documents with members of his team that Bansal got from a New York Fed employee he had previously worked with. According to an earlier $50 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, Bansal obtained about 35 documents on about 20 occasions from his friend Jason Gross, who was still a New York Fed employee. The information Bansal got from Gross related to a bank that was a Goldman Sachs client, according to that settlement.
“Upon discovering that Rohit Bansal had improperly obtained information from his former employer, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, we immediately notified regulators, including the Federal Reserve,” Michael DuVally, a Goldman Sachs spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday. “We previously reviewed and strengthened our policies and procedures after Bansal was terminated.”
DuVally said the bank has “no tolerance” for improper handling of confidential supervisory information.
The New York-based lender must fix shortcomings in its policies to prevent future lapses, the Fed said. It must establish an enhanced program to meet compliance expectations around using and disseminating secret supervisory information, according to the settlement. The bank also isn’t allowed to re-hire people involved in the improper disclosures.
In November, the former Goldman Sachs banker Bansal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tied to the stolen Fed documents, and the former New York Fed employee, Gross, pleaded guilty to passing him the secret information. The Fed barred Bansal from banking last year, and the Securities and Exchange Commission banned him from the securities industry in June.
Jiampietro had served former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair as a senior adviser, and when he left the agency in 2010, she thanked him for his “market insight into all areas of policy to help guide and inform FDIC decisions.” Bair also praised the “substantive expertise” of Jiampietro, who had earlier worked for JPMorgan Chase & Co., UBS Group AG and as counsel for the Senate Banking Committee.
“The allegations filed against Mr. Jiampietro are demonstrably false, and rely solely on the testimony of a single and inherently incredible witness,” said Adam Ford, Jiampietro’s lawyer at Ford O’Brien LLP. “He never requested confidential supervisory information from anyone, and never used it for his or anyone’s benefit.”