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Inside Washington (03/17/2009)
* WASHINGTON (3/18/09)—The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, noted recently that mortgage fraud Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) jumped 44% over twelve months ending June 30 of last year. FinCEN said there were 62,084 mortgage-fraud SAR filings during that period. (American Banker March 17) They accounted for 9% of total depository institution SARs. The timing of the SARs filing changed a little bit during that time period—it ticked up a bit to 34% being filed before a loan was granted, compared to 31% in the prior 12-month period… * WASHINGTON (3/18/09)—After a decline in the size and number of institutions being supervised in its western region, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) has realigned its regional structure. The agency expanded its central region, based out of Chicago, to include thrift institutions in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. All thrifts in the OTS’ West region, and many in the Midwest region, will form the basis of the new Western region, headquartered in Dallas (American Banker March 17)…


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