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Fabrice Tourre

Goldman Sachs Charged with Structured Finance Fraud

Goldman Sachs and one of its Structured Finance Vice Presidents, Fabrice Tourre, were sued in civil court by the SEC for fraud on Friday, April 16, 2009 regarding representations that they made in the marketing and offering materials for what is known as a synthetic CDO named Abacus 2007-AC1. This news has sent the Goldman Sachs common stock lower by more than ten percent. It is also significant implications as the investigation is said to be still open and on-going.

Toomre Capital Markets LLC ("TCM") has received several messages looking for more insight on this latest questionable activity in the mortgage and structured finance markets. We have been busy on a detailed review of the detailed Exhibits related to the Examiner's review of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. We will shift our focus and hope to shortly have some further insights posted here.