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Citigroup to Pay Millions to Close Fraud Complaint

Citigroup to Pay Millions to Close Fraud Complaint. via http://www.2012IndyInfo.wordpress.com thanks to Pat Donworth and Laura Tyco

by Edward Wyatt published 19 October 2011.

WASHINGTON — As the housing market began its collapse, Wall Street firms and sophisticated investors searched for ways to profit. Some of them found an easy method: Stuff a portfolio with risky mortgage-related investments, sell it to unsuspecting customers and bet against it.

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Robert Khuzami of the S.E.C. said the bank should have been more forthcoming.

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Citigroup on Wednesday agreed to pay $285 million to settle a civil complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it had defrauded investors who bought just such a deal. The transaction involved a $1 billion portfolio of mortgage-related investments, many of which were handpicked for the portfolio by Citigroup without telling investors of its role or that it had made bets that the investments would fall in value. Continue reading