Bank of America agreed to pay $9.3 billion to settle claims that it sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, helping the bank to end one of the largest legal headaches it still faced from the financial crisis.
The settlement, announced on Wednesday, includes $6.3 billion in cash and the rest in securities that Bank of America will purchase from the two housing finance entities.
… Also on Wednesday, Bank of America and its former chief executive, Kenneth Lewis, settled a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general that alleged it misled investors about mounting losses at Merrill Lynch & Co, which the bank agreed to acquire at the height of the financial crisis.
Lewis, who resigned in 2009, agreed to pay $10 million and be barred for three years from serving as an officer or director of a public company. Bank of America agreed to pay $15 million and adopt corporate reforms. Both payments will cover the costs of New York’s investigation, and neither Lewis nor Bank of America is admitting wrongdoing or paying damages.