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COLBERT REPORT: Local Money-Laundering Parody

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nailedThe story of a West Des Moines man was featured on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report Thursday.

Channel 13 reported on Richard Egger’s plight last summer when the 68 year old was sacked for a Laundromat prank nearly 50 years earlier that showed up on a criminal background check.

Colbert comically framed the sacking as the first case of bankers getting justice for their part in the global financial crisis that led to the Great Recession.

Egger was introduced by the fake news presenter as the “face of corporate greed.” He added that the sacking would send a warning to all corporate criminals who should get ready to say goodbye to their limos, private jets and luxury yachts.

Egger earned a modest wage as a customer services representative.

Tongue-in-cheek, Colbert argued that, “For confidence to be restored to our global financial institutions, a mortgage call center employee from West Des Moines must be held accountable.”

Egger’s money-laundering case was part of the Colbert Report segment, Nailed ’Em shown Thursday.