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HUD Investigates SunTrust FHA for Origination Practices

""SunTrust"":https://www.suntrust.com/PersonalBanking is under investigation by HUD regarding its FHA loan origination practices.


HUD made its investigation known to the Atlanta-based bank April 25, and in a recent ""filing,"":http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/750556/000075055612000152/sti-63012x10q.htm the bank said, ""The Company is cooperating with the investigation."" (At the time of this publication, SunTrust could not be reached for further comment.)

According to the filing, HUD's investigation pertains ""generally to origination practices for FHA loans.""


""It's like a hangover that stays with you from the party,"" Christ Marinac, a bank analyst at Atlanta-based FIG Partners told the ""_Atlanta Journal-Constitution._"":http://www.ajc.com/business/hud-investigates-suntrust-fha-1490552.html ""There was a mortgage party in the industry and [SunTrust was] there dancing.""

The ""_Wall Street Journal_"":http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303296604577450810342727388.html reported in June that HUD issued subpoenas to SunTrust, MetLife, and U.S. Bancorp regarding FHA loan originations.

According to the June article, HUD has already reached settlements with Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, and Flagstar Bancorp after launching similar investigations into their FHA loans.

News of the HUD investigation comes shortly after SunTrust reached a settlement with the Justice Department regarding alleged biased loan origination practices between 2005 and 2009.

The Justice Department alleged the bank discriminated against minorities by writing them loans with higher interest rates and fees than comparable non-minority customers.

SunTrust reached a $21 million settlement but did not admit to wrongdoing.

About Krista Franks Brock

Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.

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