Thursday, August 8, 2013

JP Morgan Facing Criminal and Civil Charges For Mortgage Security Fraud

On the heels of the announcement of charges against Bank of America for fraudulently selling investors mortgage backed securities, JPMorgan Chase disclosed on Wednesday that it faced a criminal and civil investigation into whether it sold shoddy mortgage securities to investors in the run-up to the financial crisis,

According to the New York Times, JPMorgan has acknowledged fthe existence of the investigation — one of several mortgage-related problems looming for the bank — in a quarterly regulatory filing. It said that the civil division of the United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California, has “preliminarily concluded” that JPMorgan flouted federal laws with its sale of subprime mortgage securities from 2005 to 2007. The parallel criminal inquiry, according to one person briefed on the matter, is in a more preliminary stage.

Adding to scrutiny of the bank, the NYT is also reporting that federal prosecutors in Philadelphia are examining whether JPMorgan duped investors into buying troubled mortgage securities that later imploded, The prosecutors are investigating whether JPMorgan churned out the mortgage-backed securities without ensuring that the investments met underwriting standards,

Representatives for the bank and the federal prosecutors declined to comment.

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