Delaware-based bank holding company Wilmington Trust Company (which M&T Bank acquired in May 2011) agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle charges of accounting and disclosure fraud. According to the government, as the real estate market declined in 2009 and 2010 and its construction loans began to mature without repayment or completion of the underlying project, Wilmington Trust did not renew, extend, or take other appropriate action on a material amount of its matured loans. Instead of fully and accurately disclosing the amount of these accruing loans as required by accounting guidance, Wilmington Trust improperly excluded the matured loans from its public financial reporting. SEC
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