Gallagher & Associates Team

Gallagher & Associates Team

Monday, February 28, 2011

Mozillo Criminal Case Closed

After paying a $22.5 million fine, and after Bank of America footed the bill for a $45 million settlement on his behalf, the Department of Justice has closed its criminal investigation of former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.

In October Mozillo settled a civil lawsuit with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $67.5 million, while not admitting or denying fault for his actions, which the SEC alleged helped bring about the financial meltdown.

The U.S. Justice Department closed the investigation of Mozilo that began in 2008, determining that those same actions made by Mozilo while he was CEO of the company were not criminal. But other investigations of Mozilo are still underway.

Last week Rep. Darrell Issa requested a subpoena be issued to Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008, regarding the "Friends of Angelo" program that offered preferential loan terms to lawmakers and government officials, allegedly in exchange for political favors.

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