Fed fines 8 US banks for alleged foreclosure abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) - March 19, 2012 (WPVI) -- The Federal Reserve said Monday that it plans to fine eight additional U.S. bank holding companies for improperly foreclosing on homeowners.
The financial firms - EverBank, Goldman Sachs Group, HSBC Holdings PLC, PNC Financial Services Group, MetLife, OneWest Bank, SunTrust Banks and U.S. Bancorp - were not part of last month's settlement over alleged foreclosure abuses.
Suzanne G. Killian, a senior associate director at the Federal Reserve, called the fines "appropriate" during a congressional hearing in Brooklyn, N.Y. Killian said the Fed plans to announce the penalty amounts soon.
The nation's five biggest lenders last month agreed to the $25 billion settlement with state and federal government agencies last month after a 16-month probe.
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