Edith O'Brien

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Edith O'Brien

Edith O'Brien is the former assistant treasurer at MF Global who was named by Jon Corzine as the person who gave him false assurance that a $200 million payment to J.P. Morgan Chase just before MF Global's bankruptcy didn't improperly draw from customer accounts.

O'Brien testified at a congressional hearing in March of 2012, where she pled the Fifth Amendment when asked about her role in the transfer of the customer funds.

O'Brien, like most other MF Global senior executives, was not registered with the CFTC, so she could not be formally charged with a failure to supervise in the missing-money case.[1]


O'Brien grew up in Oak Park, Il and worked in the Chicago futures industry for two decades.

One of her earliest jobs was at Discount Corp. of New York Futures. She stayed with Discount after it was acquired by Dean Witter, which she eventually left for WebStreet Securities. She later took a job at Rodman & Renshaw LLC.[2]



  1. Most MF Global Senior Execs Not Registered With CFTC, Can’t Be Charged With Failure To Supervise. The Huffington Post.
  2. MF Global executive Edith O'Brien remains silent; more duped than devious?. Crain's Chicago Business.