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DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Reducing the risk for Property Professionals of money laundering in UK real estate

Scale of money laundering in UK real estate - Transparency International UK, the anti-corruption organisation, highlighted the risk of money laundering in the high-end UK real estate market in its report published last...more

South Carolina Lowers Criminal Background Fees for Control Persons

The South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions has decreased the fees required for a criminal background check for control persons. Effective February 2, 2015, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and FBI background...more

DOJ and State AGs Announce Settlement with Credit Rating Agency

On February 3, the DOJ announced a settlement agreement with a large credit rating agency and its parent company for $1.375 billion – a record amount according to the DOJ – in connection with the agency’s alleged “scheme to...more

Credit Crunch Digest - December 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor civil penalties; three former ICAP brokers pleading not guilty to criminal Libor charges; a large whistle-blower award to a former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive;...more

Supreme Court Update: Jesinoski V. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684) And Whitfield V. United States (13-9026)

Greetings, Court fans! The Court returned to action yesterday with two quick-and-unanimous decisions on statutory construction, Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684), addressing the time and manner for exercising...more

Former JPMorgan Chase Insider Blows the Whistle

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone recently profiled the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking in his article, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare....more

DOJ Criminal Cartel Enforcement: Six-Month Summary

This is the first in what we expect to be a series of updates on DOJ criminal actions in the cartel area. Here, we look at highlights over the last six months in the DOJ’s investigations of the auto parts industry, LIBOR, and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Rengan Rajaratnam settled his insider trading case with the SEC this week, consenting to the entry of a permanent injunction and agreeing to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest, a civil penalty and to be barred from the...more

Usury in Florida: Penalties

There are two “tiers” of penalties for violation of the Florida usury statutes, one civil and the other criminal, and both are severe. Civil penalties usually involve forfeiture of the entire interest charged (or contracted...more

Shadow Regulation: A Call For Judicial Oversight To DPA’s Or NPA’s

On August 21, 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced a record 16.65 billion dollar agreement to resolve civil claims alleged against Bank of America for improperly concealing the risks of mortgage-related...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Loan Purchasers Are Victims Under the MVRA

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a restitution order in favor of both the originator and purchaser of two fraudulently obtained mortgages under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act (MVRA). ...more

House Oversight Commitee Seeks DOJ Documents On RMBS Settlements

On July 24, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General Holder raising questions about the DOJ’s “inclination to enter into settlement agreements with respect to mortgage...more

Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion To Settle Mortgage Claims

To settle charges related to the packaging, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), Citigroup will pay a total of $7 billion, including a record $4 billion fine to the Department of...more

Mortgage Company Resolves HAMP-Related Criminal Allegations

On July 3, the DOJ announced the resolution of a multi-agency criminal investigation into the way a large mortgage company administered the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). According to a Restitution and...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on ongoing civil lawsuits and regulatory investigations into Libor manipulation by large banks, including the possible imposition of new criminal penalties by U.K. authorities...more

FinCrimes Update - Summary, Volume 1, Issue 4

FDIC RESTRICTS BANK’S CARD BUSINESSES PENDING BSA COMPLIANCE ENHANCEMENTS - On June 5, the FDIC and a Delaware bank entered a consent order that prohibits the bank from entering into any new relationships with...more

SunTrust Settles with DOJ for US$968 Million

On June 17, the United States Department of Justice announced a US$968 million settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Other parties to the settlement are the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consumer Financial...more

FinCEN Advisory Addresses Risks Presented By Citizenship-by-Investment Program

On May 20, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A004, warning financial institutions about the risk of illicit financial activity conducted by individuals with passports from St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), which allows individuals to...more

BankinBits First Quarter Recap

The BankinBits blog, which discusses recent developments in the banking industry, has within the first quarter of 2014 addressed a diverse range of topics including banking services for the marijuana industry, the shuttering...more

New York Financial Services Regulator Urges More Enforcement Against Individuals, Reaffirms Focus On Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On March 19, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky called on banking regulators to assess whether they are doing enough, particularly with regard to enforcement, to deter or...more

Wells Fargo Employee Admits Role in $40.8 Million Straw Buyer Scheme

Last Friday, a former Wells Fargo branch manager, sales manager and loan officer, Robert Serao, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge stems from Serao’s involvement in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud...more

CFPB's First Consent Order of 2014 Addresses RESPA Section 8(a) Kickback Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its first enforcement order of 2014 against a St. Louis mortgage lender, Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (FMC), and its president, Mark Figert. The January 16 consent order...more

Increased supervision of BVI Real Estate Agents by the FIA

The BVI Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) is presently reviewing the compliance arrangements of real estate agents throughout the jurisdiction to ensure they meet the requirements of the British Virgin Islands’ (BVI)...more

Credit Crunch Digest - January 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new fines and criminal charges in Libor-related cases; the staggering potential costs of resolving lawsuits filed by regulators against the major banks; a settlement in the...more

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