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DOJ and SEC End Investigations of Major Investment Bank's MBS Offerings


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On August 9, the DOJ and the SEC reportedly halted their respective criminal and civil investigations of a major investment bank with regard to certain of the bank’s mortgage-backed securities offerings. The reports indicate that the DOJ will not pursue criminal charges against the bank or individual employees at this time. The DOJ had begun an inquiry into the bank’s activities at the prompting of the Senate Select Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which produced a report in 2011 that was critical of the bank’s MBS activities. According to reports, a separate SEC investigation concerning a $1.3 billion sale of mortgage-backed securities also appears to have been abandoned.

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