Oh goodie, now we'll get some answers, now that the mafioso is investigating the mafioso, right? (yeah, right, ha) They are all covering each others asses. This is all just a smoke screen, a pointless with hunt, to hide the truth.
Let's just screw all these crooks over and crash their monopolistic world of slaves and funny money. I think everyone is fed up with being used and sick and tired of playing these stupid ass games. It's time to crash it all. Crash and burn, baby, crash and burn.
Countrywide reportedly under FBI investigation
Last Updated: March 9, 2008: 2:26 PM EDT
The troubled home loan servicer is being probed by Feds for using fraudulent lending practices, financial reporting.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The FBI has launched an investigation into the lending practices of battered home lender Countrywide Financial Corp. according to a U.S. government official, CNN has learned. The mortgage company is suspected of fraud, the official said, which may have contributed to the subprime mortgage crisis that has rocked the U.S. economy.
The story was first reported in The Wall Street Journal Saturday.
The probe will examine underwriting and mortgage origination practices, and whether the company misrepresented losses related to subprime loans, the paper said.
Though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged ongoing investigations related to the subprime debacle, neither the FBI nor the Justice Department would comment on the specific targets.
"The FBI has been investigating potential fraud in the mortgage/sub-prime lending industry, however, we can not confirm or deny which companies are under investigation," said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.
Both Countrywide and Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), which agreed in January to acquire Countrywide for $4 billion in stock, did not return calls to CNN.
Calabasas, Calif.-based Countrywide is the nation's largest home lender, responsible for roughly one-fifth of the mortgages in the United States.
Mortgage mess CEOs defend pay
When the housing crash began, Countrywide (CFC, Fortune 500) was faced with an increasing number of subprime customers who were delinquent with their mortgage payments. The company was forced to essentially shut down its subprime lending operations last year to focus on originating loans that conform to Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE, Fortune 500) guidelines, considered to be safe investments.
On Friday Countrywide's founder and CEO, Angelo Mozilo, testified before the House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform, along with two other CEOs who resigned in the wake of the mortgage crisis -- Charles Prince of Citigroup (C, Fortune 500), and Stanley O'Neal of Merrill Lynch (MER, Fortune 500). All three defended their lofty compensation packages, despite the loss of billions to their companies and shareholders.