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FBI says 14 mortgage financiers under investigation

Feds looking for evidence of accounting fraud, insider trading

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The FBI is reportedly investigating possible accounting fraud and insider trading at 14 companies in the financial services, mortgage lending and investment banking industry. The investigation of the companies, which were not identified, began in the spring of 2007 and is being conducted jointly with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Associated Press reported. The SEC is believed to be conducting roughly three dozen investigations related to publicly traded companies in the housing and mortgage lending business, AP said. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is about one year into an investigation of companies that packaged up bundles of mortgage loans as collateral for securities sold to Wall Street investors. That investigation centers around whether banks and other companies that sold the securities failed to disclose to investors and rating agencies that some loans did not meet minimum underwriting standards (see Inman News story). Cuomo sued First Ameri...