BUSTED | Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial Federal Audits Accuse Firms Of Defrauding Taxpayers

“The Justice Department is now contemplating whether to use the HUD audits as a basis for civil and criminal enforcement actions, the sources said. The False Claims Act allows the government to recover damages worth three times the actual harm plus additional penalties.”

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It’s about damn time!

Let’s see where this takes us…

Maybe,  just maybe, they actually have been doing their jobs…

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Confidential Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms Of Defrauding Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation’s five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased with government-backed loans, four officials briefed on the findings told The Huffington Post.

The five separate investigations were conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general and examined Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial, the sources said.

The audits accuse the five major lenders of violating the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law crafted as a weapon against firms that swindle the government. The audits were completed between February and March, the sources said. The internal watchdog office at HUD referred its findings to the Department of Justice, which must now decide whether to file charges.

The federal audits mark the latest fallout from the national foreclosure crisis that followed the end of a long-running housing bubble. Amid reports last year that many large lenders improperly accelerated foreclosure proceedings by failing to amass required paperwork, the federal agencies launched their own probes.

The resulting reports read like veritable indictments of major lenders, the sources said. State officials are now wielding the documents as leverage in their ongoing talks with mortgage companies aimed at forcing the firms to agree to pay fines to resolve allegations of routine violations in their handling of foreclosures.

Definitely check out the rest of this in depth report from the Huffington Post here…

Checkmate???

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57 Responses to “BUSTED | Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial Federal Audits Accuse Firms Of Defrauding Taxpayers”
  1. Tim Bryant says:

    If HUD believes their own bulls**t, why are they giving a grant to the “Inland Empire” to buy these foreclosed properties?

    http://www.dsnews.com/articles/california-non-profit-to-purchase-foreclosed-properties-with-hud-grant-2011-05-17

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