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Fbi Fraud Inquiry After Indymac Collapse

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The FBI is investigating possible fraud at IndyMac, the California lender which was seized by regulators last Friday after America's biggest high street bank failure for two decades. Law enforcement sources told the Associated Press that the inquiry revolved around home loans made by IndyMac to risky borrowers and was focused on the bank itself, rather than on individuals who ran it.

The FBI declined to comment on IndyMac specifically, although a spokesman said the scope of the bureau's examination of the sub-prime mortgage industry had broadened from 19 inquiries to 21 since April. A spokesman said: "We receive information from a variety of sources on a daily basis, and we have an obligation to review each allegation on its merits."

Banking regulators took over IndyMac after a run on deposits, as customers withdrew $1.3bn in 10 days. At its peak, IndyMac had assets of $32bn.

Under a federal insurance scheme, the first $100,000 of savings for each depositor is guaranteed. But anxious customers continued queueing outside branches to withdraw savings this week.

Pasadena-based IndyMac is the fifth US bank to close this year, and is the biggest failure since the Chicago bank Continental Illinois collapsed in 1984. An estimated 10,000 customers could lose unprotected deposits of some $1bn.

A New York senator, Charles Schumer, who wrote a public letter in June raising concerns about lax lending at IndyMac, has been blamed by the Office of Thrift Supervision for inciting panic among customers. Schumer argues that the OTS is responsible for allowing the bank to become vulnerable in the first place.

Liar Loans being exposed???

I wonder how the FBI will cover this up?

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Liar Loans being exposed???

I suspect that it is a fraud committed at a senior level that is the concern with Indymac - rather than the misrepresentations by individual customers.

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