Feds Probing JPMorgan Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

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The JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo is displayed at the company's offices in New York, U.S., on Friday, May 17, 2013. As JPMorgan Chase & Co.?s Jamie Dimon prepares for a vote tomorrow on whether he should keep his chairman and chief executive officer titles, he may take comfort knowing most of his biggest shareholders are led by men with the same dual role. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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By Treye Green

JPMorgan Chase is being investigated by the criminal and civil divisions of the Department of Justice for the sale of mortgage-backed securities, the banker said Wednesday.

The company received a notice from the civil division of the DOJ in May. At that time, it had been concluded that the firm had violated federal securities laws with the subprime and Alt-A residential mortgage securities it offered from 2005 to 2007, Reuters reports.

In a quarterly filing with the Securities Exchange Commission, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) said it was now the focus of investigations by both the civil and criminal divisions of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California in relation to mortgage-backed securities.

The news of the investigation follows the filing of a $850 million lawsuit against Bank of America (BAC) by federal prosecutors Tuesday. The suit concerns the nation's second-largest bank selling bonds supported by large mortgages.

JPMorgan increased its estimated legal losses in excess of reserves to $6.8 billion at the end of June. Three months earlier, the estimated losses were reported as only $6 billion.


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