Since the financial crisis has ended, the public has struggled to make sense of why big-bank CEOs weren’t pursued for their role in originating and selling faulty mortgages on a massive scale.

A new PBS "Frontline" documentary that aired Tuesday evening, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” may reignite those questions. It tells the story of Thomas Sung, a Chinese immigrant and attorney who started a bank in Chinatown that became the only U.S. bank indicted for mortgage fraud related to the 2008 crisis.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.