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Boeing Seen Getting Off Easy in Fraud Settlement on 737 Max

  • JPMorgan sees fine as ‘small,’ senator calls deal a ‘disgrace’
  • Company’s legal woes to continue with wrongful death lawsuits
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Boeing to Pay $2.5 Billion to Settle 737 Max Fraud Charge

Boeing Co. escaped heavy punishment in a U.S. criminal investigation into two deadly crashes of the 737 Max, according to an array of the company’s closest observers on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C.

The $243.3 million fine in a $2.5 billion settlement with the Justice Department was “small,” said JPMorgan Chase & Co. Prosecutors’ attempt to force a change in corporate behavior was “pathetic,” said U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, who investigated Boeing. And Senator Richard Blumenthal said the deal was a “disgrace” that allowed the company to avoid larger changes.