For 15 Years Homeowner and Victim of Predatory Lending, Joanna Burke Has Fought Unlawful Foreclosure whilst Investors and Shareholders receive Billions off the Back of Toxic Mortgages and Loans Like Hers
AUG 17, 2023
A stark reminder of the ongoing consequences materialized as recently as Monday, August 14, 2023. On this consequential day, a new chapter of litigation bore witness to a striking jury judgment, delivering a resounding blow to the government.
This judgment, emblematic of a broader pattern of illegal property expropriation stemming from the cataclysmic Great Recession, unfolded.
A vivid headline on Law360 heralded the news:
“Historic Verdict: Jury Holds U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency Liable, Awards Shareholders $612.4 Million”. This Washington, D.C. federal jury, in a bold and unequivocal stance, pronounced that the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency had transgressed by tampering with stock purchase agreements linked to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2012.
This manipulation enabled the U.S. Treasury to unjustly siphon the net profits of these entities. The verdict not only rectified the past, but also echoed a demand for accountability, as reflected in the substantial damages granted – an eye-watering $612.4 million – awarded in favor of the shareholders who had suffered the consequences of this illicit maneuver.
On the same day, another landmark settlement was announced:
UBS AG has agreed to pay more than $1.4 billion in civil penalties to settle a 2018 U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit accusing the bank of fraud in its pre-crisis sales of residential mortgage-backed securities, New York federal prosecutors said Monday.”.
This fraud, exposed and pursued by the United States government, emerges more than a decade after the largest theft of residential homes in American history.
The apparent allegations give rise to serious questions about expired statute of limitations and the delayed prosecution, allowing millions of citizens’ homes to be plundered and their families’ lives and hopes extinguished.
It is reasonable to assert that, given the acknowledged toxic and predatory lending stemming from fraud related to residential mortgage-backed securities, and where investors and shareholders are securing financial recovery, an actual victim should be entitled to the same legal verdict.
BILLIONS FOR SHAREHOLDERS AND INVESTORS IN 2022/2023 – RELYING ON THE GREATEST THEFT OF CITIZENS HOMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY – SHAMEFUL
— lawsinusa (@lawsinusa) August 17, 2023
UBS Agrees to Pay $1.435 Billion for Fraud in the Sale of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities
AUG 14, 2023 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: AUG 17, 2023
UBS AG and several of its U.S.-based affiliates (together, UBS) have agreed to pay $1.435 billion in penalties to settle a civil action filed in November 2018 alleging misconduct related to UBS’ underwriting and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issued in 2006 and 2007.
This settlement resolves the last case brought by a Justice Department working group dedicated to investigating conduct of banks and other entities for their roles in creating and issuing RMBS leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Following an extensive investigation, the United States filed a complaint alleging that UBS defrauded investors in connection with the sale of 40 RMBS issued in 2006 and 2007.
The complaint alleged that UBS knowingly made false and misleading statements to buyers of these securities relating to the characteristics of the mortgage loans underlying the RMBS in violation of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA). The FIRREA claims were based on alleged violations of the mail, wire, and bank fraud statutes.
“In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, people all across the country experienced financial ruin and emotional devastation, and many are still recovering nearly 15 years later,”
said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
“As this settlement demonstrates, the department and our partner agencies remain committed to holding accountable those who break the law and undermine the well-being of American families.”
“The results achieved by the RMBS Working Group are a testament to the exceptional dedication and hard work by department attorneys over many years,”
said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
“We are grateful for the outstanding support provided by our partners in federal agencies and states that similarly sought to hold responsible those entities that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.”
“With this resolution, UBS will pay for its conduct related to its underwriting and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities. The substantial civil penalty in this case serves as a warning to other players in the financial markets who seek to unlawfully profit through fraud that we will hold them accountable no matter how long it takes,”
stated U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York.
“The over $36 billion collected for conduct that fueled the 2008 financial crisis reflects the Department of Justice’s deep commitment to protecting financial markets, investors and the public against fraudulent conduct.”
“This settlement represents accountability from those who thought they were above the law,”
said U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan for the Northern District of Georgia.
“UBS’ conduct at issue in this case played a significant role in causing a financial crisis that harmed millions of Americans. We will continue to seek accountability when financial institutions – large or small – misrepresent vital information to investors and undermine trust in our public markets.”
The government’s complaint alleged that contrary to UBS’ representations in publicly filed offering documents, UBS knew that significant numbers of the loans backing the RMBS did not comply with loan underwriting guidelines that were designed to assess borrowers’ ability to repay.
The complaint further asserted that UBS knew that the property values associated with a significant number of the securitized loans were unsupported, and that significant numbers of the loans had not been originated in accordance with consumer protection laws.
UBS was allegedly aware of these significant problems because it had conducted extensive due diligence on the underlying loans prior to the RMBS being issued to determine whether the loans were consistent with representations that would be made to investors.
Ultimately, the 40 RMBS sustained substantial losses.
“The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG), together with our RMBS Working Group partners, investigated and held accountable those who sought to victimize Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and investors by selling fraudulent mortgage-backed securities,” said FHFA Inspector General Brian Tomney. “We appreciate our longstanding partnership with the Department of Justice and its vigorous pursuit of justice in this case.”
With the UBS settlement announced today, the Justice Department has collected more than $36 billion in civil penalties from entities for their alleged conduct in connection with mortgages securitized in failed RMBS leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.
[Relyin’ upon the Greatest Theft of Citizens Homes in American History and without any Payment or measurable Compensation to Victims]
These resolutions include settlements with the following banks, mortgage originators, and rating agencies:
Aurora Loan Services;
Bank of America;
Royal Bank of Scotland;
Collectively, these matters were handled by 11 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Justice Department’s Civil Division, in conjunction with the RMBS Working Group. The RMBS Working Group was a federal and state law enforcement effort focused on investigating fraud and abuse in the RMBS market that led to the financial crisis. Formed in 2012, the RMBS Working Group brought together more than 200 attorneys, investigators, analysts, and staff from dozens of state and federal agencies, including the FHFA-OIG, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the FBI, to investigate financial fraud in RMBS.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bonni J. Perlin, Michael J. Castiglione, Richard K. Hayes, Edward K. Newman and Melanie Speight for the Eastern District of New York, Austin M. Hall and Andres H. Sandoval, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Armen Adzhemyan for the Northern District of Georgia handled the case.
The claims resolved in the settlement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.