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Ex-Fannie, Freddie Execs Sued

The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued six former executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with civil fraud, alleging that they misled the government and taxpayers about the size of the companies' risky subprime mortgage holdings during the housing bust in 2008. Both agencies' former CEOs, Fannie's Daniel Mudd and Freddie's Richard Syron, who led the companies during the housing bubble in late 2006 and early 2007, were among those charged. They are two of the highest-ranking financial figures to be sued following the financial crisis.

December 16, 2011 11:33 AM