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CFPB, DOJ and OCC Take Action Against Trustmark National Bank for Deliberate Discrimination Against Black and Hispanic Families

Added on October 22, 2021

CFPB, DOJ and OCC Take Action Against Trustmark National Bank for Deliberate Discrimination Against Black and Hispanic Families

Trustmark to Pay $5 Million Penalty and $3.85 Million to Increase Mortgage Credit Access in Memphis Neighborhoods Impacted by Redlining WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in cooperation with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), took action today to put an end to alleged redlining by Trustmark National Bank.  The CFPB and DOJ allege that Trustmark discriminated against Black and Hispanic neighborhoods by deliberately not marketing, offering, or originating home loans to consumers in majority-Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the Memphis metropolitan area. The CFPB and DOJ also allege that Trustmark discouraged consumers residing in or seeking credit for properties located in these…

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CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH WASHINGTON FEDERAL BANK, N.A. FOR FLAWED MORTGAGE-LOAN DATA REPORTING

Added on October 28, 2020

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH WASHINGTON FEDERAL BANK, N.A. FOR FLAWED MORTGAGE-LOAN DATA REPORTING

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) settled with Washington Federal Bank, N.A., a federally insured national bank, to address the Bureau's finding that it reported inaccurate Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data about its mortgage transactions for 2016 and 2017.  Inaccurate HMDA data can make it difficult for the public and regulators to discover and stop discrimination in home mortgage lending or for public officials and lenders to tell whether a community's credit needs are being met.  The settlement requires Washington Federal to pay a $200,000 civil money penalty and develop and implement an effective compliance-management system to prevent future violations. The Bureau found that Washington Federal, headquartered in Seattle,…

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HMDA enforcement defanged by Trump-led regulators

Added on December 28, 2017

HMDA enforcement defanged by Trump-led regulators

December 22, 2018  It's been a major issue for our industry. In fact, one of our feature stories for the December magazine, written by our Managing Editor Sarah Wheeler, details the new risks HMDA reporting represents for lenders. And earlier this year HousingWire warned lenders that if they think compliance is hard now, just wait until the new HMDA regulations kick in. Most of the 2015 updates to HMDA take effect in January 2018. However, now, both the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — both now led by Trump-administration leaders (more, below) — announced they will not be assessing penalties on HMDA data collected in 2018 and reported in 2019. What's more, the CFPB also intends to open a rulemaking to reconsider…

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CFPB Issues Public Statement on HMDA Compliance

Added on December 28, 2017

CFPB Issues Public Statement on HMDA Compliance

December 21, 2018  HMDA, which was originally enacted in 1975, requires many lenders to report information with respect to applications they receive for certain types of mortgage loans and certain loans that they purchase. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directed the Bureau to expand the data collected and reported under HMDA to include additional information regarding, for example, mortgage loan underwriting and pricing, and authorized the Bureau to require other data. To that end, the Bureau issued a rule in 2015 that requires financial institutions to collect and report additional mortgage information beginning on January 1, 2018.  In August 2017, the Bureau issued a final rule making technical corrections, clarifying certain reporting…

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Agencies release list of distressed or underserved geographies

Added on June 21, 2017

Agencies release list of distressed or underserved geographies

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today announced the availability of the 2017 list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies, where revitalization or stabilization activities are eligible to receive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration under the community development definition. Distressed nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies and underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies are designated by the agencies in accordance with their CRA regulations. The criteria for designating these areas are available on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) website (http://www.ffiec.gov/cra). The designations continue…

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