U.S. Bancorp, the nation’s largest regional lender, agreed to pay $200 million to resolve federal claims that it misrepresented the quality of government-backed mortgages the company originated.
“By misusing government programs designed to maintain and expand homeownership, U.S. Bank not only wasted taxpayer funds, but inflicted harm on homeowners and the housing market that lasts to this day,” Stuart F. Delery, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil division, said in the statement.
The Justice Department has been probing shoddy mortgages that helped fuel the financial crisis and caused losses for government agencies that backed the loans. SunTrust Banks Inc. agreed this month to pay $968 million to resolve federal and state probes that a unit misrepresented the quality of mortgages the bank originated and deceived homeowners on loans it serviced.
U.S. Bancorp (USB) previously disclosed potential claims tied to the probe and “cooperated fully with the DOJ,” the company said today in a separate statement.
Shares of the lender rose 2 cents to $43.38 at 1:03 p.m. in New York. The stock climbed 7.4 percent this year.
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