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Former Bank CEO Charged with Bank Fraud, Conspiracy, and Perjury

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Poppi Metaxas, former president and CEO of Gateway Bank of Oakland, California, was charged with bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, and perjury in relation to a sham "round trip" transaction. The scheme, initiated by Metaxas, caused Gateway to execute a false transaction in which the bank self-funded a down payment to make it appear that Gateway had sold toxic, non-performing mortgage loans.

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GSEs Complete 3.1 Million Foreclosure Prevention Actions

In a press release issued Wednesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the FHFA reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed 3.1 million foreclosure prevention actions since the two companies came under the government’s conservatorship in 2008.

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Fannie Mae Reports Decline in Business

The monthly volume summary issued by Fannie Mae reported further contraction in its book of business for the second time this year and the third in as many months. The book’s total value was approximately $3.15 trillion.

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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced Christopher Tumbaga of Colorado Spring, Colorado pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and to one count of illegally receiving kickbacks for procuring loans.

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National Credit Default Rates Fall in February

Data released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian found that national credit default rates during the month of February declined. The S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, found that the national composite rate was 1.30 in February, down from 1.34 in January.

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Audit Reveals Lack of Quality Control for Pre-Foreclosure Property Inspections

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report detailing the results of an audit performed on pre-foreclosure property inspections. The audit was conducted after the FHFAOIG learned of fraudulent property inspections reports submitted to the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac by a contractor resulted in $12.7 million in payouts.

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Mortgage Default Risk Falls in February

The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), a measure of loans' default risk under stressful conditions, retreated to 11.6 percent last month from January’s reading of 11.8 percent. To gauge where February’s index lies historically, 1990 vintage loans would have an estimated index value of 6 percent, while riskier 2007 loans would be up at 19 percent.

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First Mortgage Balances See Largest Increase in Six Years

Equifax announced its latest National Consumer Credit Trends report on Monday, which showed that the total balance of first mortgages increased by 2.8 percent from last year. The report found the balance increase was the largest year-over-year increase since September of 2008.

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Banks Complete Consumer Relief Obligations

Joseph A. Smith, Jr., monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, filed final crediting reports with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo. The reports confirmed that banks have satisfied their consumer relief and refinancing obligations under the settlement, nearly a full year ahead of schedule.

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Ocwen to Pay $2.1 Billion to 49 States

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The California Department of Business Oversight, along with 48 other states, reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corporation and Ocwen Loan Servicing, according to a press release issued by the department. The $2.1 billion settlement was in response to violations regarding mortgage servicing laws.

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