Securitization Fail Investigated by Schneiderman and the Gang (Maybe. Sort of)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-04/bank-loan-bundling-investigated-by-biden-schneiderman-mortgages.html

The hell you say.  Judges, are you listening?  Have you been listening to some of us for the last three years?  (Wait, don’t answer that last one).

The states are pursuing allegations that some home loans weren’t correctly transferred into securitizations, undermining investors’ stakes in the mortgages, according to two people with knowledge of the probes. They’re also concerned about improper foreclosures on homeowners as result, said the people, (ed. note:  Wow, that differentiates them from most Ariz. lawmakers), who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

. . .

“The attorneys general could create a lot of problems for the banks and for the trustees and for bondholders,” Gradman said. “I can’t imagine a better securities law claim than to say that you represented that these were mortgage-backed securities when in fact they were backed by nothing.”

Teri Charest, a spokeswoman for Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (USB), said the bank isn’t liable and doesn’t know if any party is at fault in the structuring or administration of the transactions.

“If there was fault, this unhappy investor is seeking recompense from the wrong party,” she said. “We were not the sponsor, underwriter, custodian, servicer or administrator of this transaction.” (Ed. Note: except when they were).

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