La Securities and Exchange Commission, l'Autorité de marché des États-Unis, a publié un communiqué de presse dans lequel elle annonce une transaction à 28,2 Millions de dollars avec H and R Block Subsidiary relative à des investissements hypothécaires douteux lors de la crise des subprimes.
Option One, which is now known as Sand Canyon Corporation, agreed to pay $28.2 million to settle the SEC’s charges.
The SEC alleges that Option One promised investors in more than $4 billion worth of RMBS offerings that it sponsored in early 2007 that it would repurchase or replace mortgages that breached representations and warranties. But Option One did not tell investors about its deteriorating financial condition and that it could not meet its repurchase obligations on its own.
“Option One’s financial condition deteriorated significantly as its large subprime mortgage lending business suffered from the collapse of the U.S. housing market,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “The company nonetheless concealed from investors that its perilous finances created risk that it would not be able to fulfill its duties to repurchase or replace faulty mortgages in its RMBS portfolios.”
Kenneth Lench, Chief of the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Structured and New Products Unit, added, “We will take action against those who fail to disclose or downplay important facts that make an investment riskier, even if those risks do not materialize. We remain committed to uncovering misconduct involving complex financial instruments including RMBS.”
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