The FBI is shifting more than $75 million in resources from counterterrorism work to help sort through what has been characterized as "the wreckage of the financial meltdown," and financial industry professionals are bracing themselves for the newest wave of recourse: criminal prosecution.

Recent indictments, and convictions, have originated from a number of federal institutions now providing direct assistance to the FBI, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

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