Banks Pay for Mortgage Abuse—With Rubber Checks
Company handling settlement didn't deposit money with the bank
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2013 7:27 AM CDT
It's unclear how many checks have bounced.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It took years for homeowners to get even the relatively small checks afforded them in a $3.6 billion settlement with some of the country's biggest banks over mortgage abuses—and when they finally arrived this week, many of them promptly bounced, the New York Times reports. "Is this for real?" asked one former homeowner, who waited three years for his $3,000 check, only to be told that funds "were not available."

The company handling the settlement, Rust Consulting, collected the $3.6 billion from the banks, but apparently neglected to actually deposit it with the bank issuing the checks. Some officials say Rust has a habit of hanging onto money, in what some believe is an attempt to earn interest on it. The company doesn't know how many bounced—it's only aware of 12 incidents—but only 50,000 of the 1.4 million checks have been successfully deposited.

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Apr 18, 2013 6:54 PM CDT
Outrageous. I'd be screaming blue jurder to everyone I could reach if I were in their shoes.
Apr 18, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
Financial aid departments at colleges have been doing this for as many years as there have been financial aid. No one blinked an eye as students ate rice for 2 months and had their electric turned off. Why should this institution expect anyone in the government to care?
Apr 18, 2013 1:11 PM CDT
Rubber check? The bank bounced?