A former Countrywide Financial vice president who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging fraudulent mortgage and securities practices is collecting $57 million from Bank of America's $16.65 billion federal penalty.
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Two recent blockbuster DOJ settlements have two things in common: 1) record-setting financial penalties, and 2) a portion of those penalties being set aside to fund programs to benefit the communities harmed by the crime. Shouldn't we carry that trend into FCPA enforcement?
Bank of America is paying $16.65 billion to settle fraud claims by federal and state enforcement agencies and regulators that relate back to the financial crisis of 2008. It's "the largest civil settlement with a single entity in American history," the DOJ said Thursday.
Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. district court in New York on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion fine for fraud perpetrated by Countrywide Financial Corp., a mortgage company the bank acquired in 2008.