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Franken posts video explaining mortgage fraud settlement

WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken has issued a video to explain how the recent mortgage fraud settlement will affect Minnesotans.

The settlement is between 49 of the states and five of the largest mortgage banks in the country.

"When I first wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development about some banks' deceptive mortgage practices that had come to light, none of us knew just how widespread or devastating they were, " Franken said in a news release Wednesday. "Today, millions of Americans are under water on their mortgages, and many have lost their homes because of these practices. This settlement is one small step towards restoring some justice for those affected, and a more stable, fair housing market."

The settlement will provides checks to people whose homes were improperly foreclosed on; opportunities to refinance mortgages for people whose homes are underwater; and principal reductions for families who are behind on their mortgage payments.

The $25 billion settlement applies to customers of Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Loans owned or backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac are not part of the settlement. Homeowners with questions should visit or contact the Minnesota Attorney General's office.

Here's a link to the video:

Linda Vanderwerf

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