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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-22-11 06:51 PM
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Countrywide To Pay $335 Million For Predatory Lending Practices Against African American
Countrywide To Pay $335 Million For Predatory Lending Practices Against African American And Borrowers
Linette Lopez | Dec. 21, 2011,




U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder just announced that Bank of America has agreed to pay out a $335 million settlement with the Justice Department for predatory mortgage lending practices.

This will be the largest fair lending settlement in history, and, as Bank of America would like to point out, is a result of practices at Countrywide before the bank bought the lender.

Here is what the Department of Justice found at Countrywide: From 2004 to 2008, the height of the housing bubble, Countrywide purposely charged over 200,000 black and Latino qualified borrowers more for their mortgage loans than similarly qualified white borrowers.

The short story is that Countrywide steered those black and Latino borrowers toward riskier sub-prime loans, even when they qualified for prime loans, or simply charged them higher rates. These borrowers paid an average of tens of thousands of dollars more than they should have, that includes costs up front and throughout their mortgage.
The short story is that Countrywide steered those black and Latino borrowers toward riskier sub-prime loans, even when they qualified for prime loans, or simply charged them higher rates. These borrowers paid an average of tens of thousands of dollars more than they should have, that includes costs up front and throughout their mortgage.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bank-of-america-settleme...



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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-22-11 11:02 PM
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1. But they don't have to admit fault
Edited on Thu Dec-22-11 11:02 PM by rpannier
I'll be honest.
I want them dragged out into the village square and pilloried (figuratively) for what they've been doing.
For too long, these companies/financial institutions/etc have been getting away will illegal practices, paying off people in closed settlements and admitting no criminal behavior every existed.

Until they are made to publicly acknowledge their crimes, they'll continue to go on doing what they do
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-11 04:59 AM
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2. Me too.
They need to do hard prison time just like the kid selling crack on the street corner. I call bullshit on this codling of criminals.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-08-12 11:14 PM
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3. White collar crime vs Ghetto crime
When you go to the courthouse searching for justice that is what you'll find just us,the white collar criminals are never there.
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