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False statements and fraud in a bank loan

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Perjury Cases

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795383
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795383.003.0006
False statements and fraud in a bank loan

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A real estate development company was in financial trouble and secured a second mortgage bank loan on a failing shopping mall that it owned. As they attempted to negotiate with the bank to forestall impending bankruptcy, the president and accountant falsified documents used in their negotiations. Federal investigators suspected as much and got the accountant to confess his guilt and then to covertly tape-record his conversations with the company president’s brother, who was also an executive in the company. The evidence analyzed linguistically consisted of these recordings, in which the accountant tried to get the executive to admit that he knew that they had produced falsified documentation. The analysis used the tools of speech acts, conversational strategies, the recency principle, ambiguity, agenda, and grammatical referencing.

Keywords: perjury; conversational strategies; speech acts; recency principle; ambiguity; agenda; grammatical referencing

Chapter.  3050 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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