Regulators are sending a clear message to white-collar criminals: Do not expect lenient punishments.

According to USA Today, both state and federal regulators want civil settlements stemming from corporate malfeasance to be stiffer than ever. In fact, some regulators are threatening to go straight to trial, without even discussing settlements, and many plan to ask defendants to admit guilt or wrongdoing. Apparently, many feel that the only way to reform tarnished industries is to set solid examples of what wrongdoers will face.

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