News / Economy

Bank of America to Pay $16 Billion to Settle Mortgage Cases

A combination of file photos shows U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (L) in Washington on May 5, 2014 and Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan in Hong Kong on March 8, 2013 respectively.
A combination of file photos shows U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (L) in Washington on May 5, 2014 and Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan in Hong Kong on March 8, 2013 respectively.
VOA News

U.S. news outlets say Bank of America has agreed to pay over $16 billion to settle the federal government's investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities, the investment vehicle largely blamed for the 2008 financial crisis.

The reports say a tentative agreement was reached last week during a phone call between Bank of America chairman Brian Moynihan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Details of the agreement are still being worked out, but sources say Bank of America will pay $9 billion in cash, with the remaining money being used to help struggling homeowners.

Federal prosecutors have been investigating Bank of America over its acquisitions of Countrywide Bank and investment firm Merrill Lynch, which together held about $965 billion in mortgage-backed securities. The securities included so-called subprime home loans taken out by homeowners who were unable to maintain the payments.

The poor quality of the loans led to huge losses for investors who bought mortgage-backed securities, as well as a wave of foreclosures on delinquent homeowners, which led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The settlement by Bank of America is the largest reached with the federal government in connection with the toxic securities. The Justice Department has already reached multi-billion dollar settlements with two other major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup.

But consumer advocacy groups have criticized the government for failing to bring criminal charges against these financial firms, or their executives, who sold the faulty mortgages to unsuspecting consumers.

You May Like

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

Video One Year After Massacre, Iraq’s Yazidis a Broken People

Minority community still recovering from devastating assault by IS militants which spurred massive outrage More

‘Malvertisements’ Undermine Internet Trust

Hackers increasingly prey on users' trust of major websites to delivery malicious software More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: goldenpanther from: Rockville, MD
August 07, 2014 7:54 AM
BOA is still getting off through a very light sentence. Criminal charges would be a more effective way to go. The amount of damage done to the equity in people's homes because of the manipulations by the banking industy probably goes 10 times beyond that. And it will take many more years for the housing industry to recover if it ever does. Realtors will tell you that there is a low inventory of homes for sale but the real truth is there is a far less number of buyers that are willing to try the more restrictive rules. These new rules were generated because the banking industry couldn't control itself. Interest rates are lower than when the housing bubble burst; that should tell you something also.

by: Mike Martin from: Lakewood, co
August 07, 2014 7:32 AM
I lost $120k with my Florida house over this mess. Where do I go to get my cut of this 16 billion?

by: Frank Nelson from: Chicago
August 07, 2014 6:37 AM
If the Executives cannot be punished, then there should be a Corporate DEATH SENTENCE, where a Corporation is fined the entire worth of the Company!

by: William from: Memphis
August 07, 2014 6:21 AM
FINES are passed on to customers, eventually. PRISON IS THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET REAL CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR !

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs

World Currencies

EUR
USD
0.9118
JPY
USD
124.31
GBP
USD
0.6420
CAD
USD
1.3048
INR
USD
64.136

Rates may not be current.