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BB&T to pay $83 million for FHA lending violations

Latest lender to be accused of violating False Claims Act by DOJ
BB&T will pay $83 million to settle allegations brought by the Department of Justice, which accused the lender of violating the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with “critical underwriting and quality control requirements” on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. BB&T becomes the latest in a long string of lenders targeted by the DOJ for False Claims Act violations.
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Senator Warren calls DOJ's financial crisis response an "abysmal failure"

Wants to know why executives got off "scot-free"
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 marked the eight-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy, sending shockwaves through the economy and sending the U.S. into a recession. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., used the anniversary of the “failure of the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank” to loudly question again why individuals were not held responsible for the conduct that led to the financial crisis, and this time she did it armed with some disconcerting new information.
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Regions Bank next on DOJ hit list, will pay $52.4 million for FHA-lending violations

Becomes latest lender to be accused of violating False Claims Act
Over the last few years, the Department of Justice used the False Claims Act as its weapon of choice against the mortgage industry, using the law to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration. And now, Regions Bank is the latest on the DOJ’s hit list, after agreeing to settle False Claims Act charges for $52.4 million.
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DOJ again rebuked in effort to enforce massive BofA 'Hustle' mortgage fine

Billion-dollar settlement for Countrywide home loans denied
Needless to say, the federal government probably isn’t too happy with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit right now. That's because for the second time in three months, the Second Circuit rebuked an effort by the government to extract one of the largest fines to come out of the housing crisis.
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DOJ loses another top cop on mortgage fraud

U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh stepping down
The Department of Justice is about to lose another one of its top cops in its fight against mortgage fraud. The DOJ announced Friday that John Walsh, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and the co-chair of the DOJ’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, is stepping down. While with the DOJ, Walsh played a key leadership role in securing a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup over residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations.
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Deutsche Bank negotiating with DOJ on mortgage bond settlement

Discloses ongoing talks with government on RMBS activities
Deutsche Bank revealed Wednesday that it is currently in negotiations with the Department of Justice to resolve an investigation into the bank’s mortgage bond activities. The bank’s earnings materials don't disclose what specific matter the DOJ is investigating, but the DOJ has been looking into Deutsche Bank's mortgage-backed securities activities since at least 2013.
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BancorpSouth fined $10.6 million for discriminatory lending, redlining

CFPB, DOJ accuse bank of having "explicitly discriminatory denial policy"
BancorpSouth will pay $10.6 million to settle charges against the bank by the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which accused the Mississippi-based bank of redlining and discriminatory lending practices. The agencies accused BancorpSouth of a number of discriminatory practices, including illegally redlining in Memphis, and implementing an "explicitly discriminatory loan denial policy."
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Countrywide's Mozilo reportedly off the hook for all those subprime mortgages

Bloomberg reports that Justice is abandoning malfeasance case
One of most notorious people at the center of the housing crisis is reportedly off the hook for any supposed malfeasance, as Bloomberg is reporting that the Department of Justice is abandoning its attempt to sue Angelo Mozilo, the founder of Countrywide, for his company’s lending practices in the run-up to the housing crisis.
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'Face of the housing crisis' exonerated by Appeals Court Countrywide Hustle ruling

Former Countrywide exec Rebecca Mairone cleared
Lost in the shuffle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's decision to toss the $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America was the fact that the court also overturned the fraud charges and voided the $1 million penalty against Rebecca Mairone. Mairone is the same person who the New York Times once referred to as the "face of the housing crisis."
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