The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, seeks to recover "hundreds of millions of dollars" that the Federal Housing Administration paid out after borrowers defaulted on Wells Fargo mortgage loans.
The bank had applied for FHA insurance for the loans, meaning that if the loans went bad, the bank could ask the government to pay for costs associated with the defaulted mortgages. The lawsuit charges that Wells Fargo falsely certified that some loans were eligible for government insurance when they actually weren't.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that between May 2001 and October 2005, Wells Fargo & Co. certified that more than 100,000 mortgage loans were eligible for the insurance. But "a very substantial percentage of those loans -- nearly half in certainly months" were not eligible, according to the lawsuit.
Wells Fargo denied the allegations and promised a vigorous defense in a statement Tuesday.
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