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US Sues Barclays Bank Over Sale of $31Bln in Mortgage-Backed Securities

© AP PhotoA view of Barclay's headquarter at London's Canary Wharf financial district
A view of Barclay's headquarter at London's Canary Wharf financial district - Sputnik International
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Barclays Bank and several affiliates are being sued for selling $31 billion of subprime mortgage securities that were backed by defective loans, the US Department of Justice announced in a press release.

Barclays' bank logo is seen above a billboard displaying art photography in New York, June 11, 2013 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The government’s complaint alleges that Barclays sold investors securities backed by home mortgages that the bank knew were likely fail, while telling investors that the mortgages were sound, the release explained.

"From 2005 to 2007, Barclays personnel repeatedly misrepresented the characteristics of the loans backing securities they sold to investors throughout the world, who incurred billions of dollars in losses as a result of the fraudulent scheme," the release stated on Thursday.

Sales of mortgage backed securities by major US banks were blamed for triggering the so-called Great Recession, in which hundreds of banks failed, more than 2 million businesses closed, mortgages of millions of homeowners were foreclosed.

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