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STATEMENT BY UNITED STATES ATTORNEY JEFFREY C. SULLIVAN REGARDING WASHINGTON MUTUAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2008

Due to the intense public interest in the failure of Washington Mutual, I want to assure our community that federal law enforcement is examining activities at the bank to determine if any federal laws were violated. The FBI, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) have all provided investigators to our task force. We are asking that anyone with information for the task force contact this number: 1-866-915-8299; or this email address: fbise@leo.gov.

For more than 100 years Washington Mutual was a highly regarded financial institution headquartered in Seattle. Given the significant losses to investors, employees, and our community, it is fully appropriate that we scrutinize the activities of the bank, its leaders, and others to determine if any federal laws were violated.

Press contact: Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer, U. S. Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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