Lenders Face Hefty Fines In CFPB Mortgage Insurance Probe

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $15.4 million settlement Thursday with four mortgage insurers is just the first to come out of a probe into an alleged scheme to pay kickbacks to banks in exchange for business, and lenders caught up in the agency's net are likely to get hit even harder, experts say.

In announcing the settlement, the CFPB made clear that it was looking closely at lenders and their role in the alleged kickback scheme, which the bureau said began in the 1990s. Implied in the CFPB's statements is that the lenders were at the center of the enterprise, and...

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