As long as people are willing to invest in too-good-to- be-true financial schemes, John W. Shockey will be a busy man.

His title - special assistant to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's director of enforcement and compliance - understates his role. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Shockey has worked behind the scenes to uncover offshore phantom banks, Ponzi schemes, check kiting, fake currency, and other financial scams.

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