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December 12, 2018

Finance of America Mortgage LLC has agreed to pay $14.5 million to the United States to resolve its liability under the False Claims Act in connection with deficient mortgage loans originated by a company it acquired. The acquired company, Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services, L.P. (Gateway), had participated in the Federal Housing Administration's insurance program as a direct endorsement lender (DEL), which gave it the authority to originate, underwrite, and endorse mortgages with minimal oversight from the FHA. However, as reported by a former Gateway employee in a qui tam complaint, the company failed to comply with the stricter procedures required of DELs, including failing to conduct audits on early-payment default loans, repeatedly failing to correct high rates of default, and failing to self-report deficient loans to the FHA. For exposing the fraud, the unnamed relator will receive a share of $2,392,500. USAO NDNY

December 4, 2018

The New York law firm of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., and two firms affiliated with it, have agreed to settle a False Claims Act action alleging that in performing legal work including foreclosure and eviction services for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Veterans Administration, the entities submitted bills for costs that were not actual, reasonable, and necessary.  Instead, the false claims for payment included improper mark-ups and other unauthorized charges.  Defendants will pay a total of $6.1 million to the United States, and have agreed to implement a compliance program.  The case was originally brought by whistleblower Peter D. Grubea.  USAO SDNY

November 20, 2018

Peter Cash Doye and Raquel Reid were convicted for defrauding lenders into providing over $50 million in loans purportedly secured by four multi-million dollar mansions in La Jolla and Del Mar, California.  Doye, an executive at several real estate investment firms, and Reid, a broker, created forged real estate lien “releases” and recorded fraudulent records at the San Diego County Recorder’s Office to make it appear that the loans had been paid off so they could obtain additional loans from new lenders. Reid notarized the forged documents, helping to make the fraudulent paperwork appear authentic.  USAO S.D. Cal.

November 8, 2018

The United States has brought charges against UBS AG and several of its affiliates, alleging that UBS defrauded investors in connection with its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in 2006 and 2007.  The complaint accuses UBS of affirmatively misleading investors and withholding crucial information from them about the quality of billions of dollars in subprime and Alt-A mortgage loans backing 40 RMBS deals. USAO EDNY; DOJ

Catch of the Week — Universal American Mortgage Company

Posted  10/19/18
Universal American Mortgage Company (UAMC), a Miami-based mortgage company, agreed on October 19 to a $13.2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage-insurance requirements in connection with certain loans. UAMC is part of Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders. The settlement resolves allegations brought by Kat Nguyen-Seligman, a former employee of a...

October 19, 2018

Settling a case brought by a whistleblower, mortgage lender Universal American Mortgage Company will pay $13.2 million to the United States.  UAMC acted as a direct endorsement lender in the Federal Housing Administration insurance program, originating and underwriting mortgages with FHA insurance.  Because the federal government is liable for FHA loans that default, DELs such as UAMC are required to follow underwriting and quality control rules in issuing mortgages; UAMC allegedly did not follow those rules and knowingly submitted loans for FHA insurance that did not qualify.  The whistleblower, Kat Nguyen-Seligman, a former employee of a UAMC related entity, will receive $1,980,000 from the settlement.  DOJ; USAO W.D.Wa.

October 16, 2018

Nomura Holding America Inc. and its affiliates have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $480 million to settle claims that it knowingly misled investors of its residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the years leading up to the financial crisis of 2008. From 2006 to 2007, Nomura allegedly marketed falsely to investors that its due diligence process was "industry leading," despite knowing that many of the loans it sold did not comply with regulations, or had not even gone through their due diligence process. Among the investors defrauded were Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, retirement funds, and university endowments. USAO EDNY

October 9, 2018

HSBC will pay a $765 million civil penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) to settle claims that it misrepresented the quality of assets in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) that HSBC packaged and sold to investors between 2005 and 2007.  HSBC was also alleged to have misrepresented the due diligence procedures it followed in reviewing loans for securitization, claiming to follow more stringent procedures than it actually did follow.  USAO Colorado.

Catch of the Week: RBS Agrees to Pay $4.9 Billion

Posted  08/17/18
This week’s Department of Justice “Catch of the Week” goes to The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS), who agreed to pay $4.9 billion to settle claims that RBS misled investors in the underwriting and issuing of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2008.   See DOJ Press Release. The settlement’s statement of facts details how RBS routinely made misrepresentations and omissions to investors about the significant risks associated...

August 14, 2018

In the largest civil penalty imposed by the Justice Department for FIRREA violations leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS) will pay $4.9 billion to resolve claims that it knowingly misled investors of its residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to a statement of facts included with settlement details, RBS knew from its own reviews that its loans carried a high risk of default but failed to disclose that to investors. Furthermore, it allowed its due diligence process to become a total sham by not requiring that loan originators correct errors, instructing due diligence vendors to waive defects, and self-imposing caps on the number of faulty loans it removed from a RMBS. DOJ; USAO MA
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