I'll bet you think that's impossible, right? Bank of America is a large bank, and the government wouldn't simply threaten them with being fired to get them to lose shareholders' money?
Not according to the Attorney General of New York: they were supposed to lose money on the Merrill Lynch buyout or be fired.
What was missing, of course, was a good reason why the pension funds that hold BofA stock should have to take the hit: they have older people to look after, who need the money they were promised.
Governmental compassion on display. We're in the best of hands.