Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Federal Reserve cracks down on Goldman Sachs

Apparently a unit of Goldman Sachs engaged in robo-signing of foreclosure documents:
The Federal Reserve announced an enforcement action against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., saying the company's mortgage-servicing unit had engaged in "a pattern of misconduct and negligence" in its handling of home-mortgage loans.

The Fed's action on Thursday seeks changes in mortgage-servicing practices and unspecified monetary damages. ...

The Goldman Sachs order is modeled after a series of consent orders issued by federal banking regulators in April to 14 of the nation's largest mortgage servicers that require them to clean up their practices. Federal regulators began looking at other mortgage-servicing companies, including Goldman Sachs's Litton unit, after the initial reviews were completed.

In its order Thursday, the Fed said Litton employees engaged in robo-signing and took actions in foreclosure and bankruptcy cases "without always confirming that documentation of ownership was in order." The company also failed to staff up appropriately to handle a surge in delinquencies or to sufficiently oversee outside lawyers and establish "adequate internal controls," the order said.

The Fed action requires Goldman Sachs to retain an independent consultant to review foreclosures that were pending at any time in 2009 and 2010, and "to provide remediation to borrowers who suffered financial injury as a result of wrongful foreclosures or other deficiencies" identified by the review, the Fed said in issuing the order.

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