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CalPERS receives USD249.3m from Bank of America mortgage-backed securities settlement

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has received USD249.3 million in damages from Bank of America, the result of a federal investigation settlement announced in August by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

This puts CalPERS’ total recovery on losses the pension fund sustained from investments in mortgage-backed securities at more than USD500 million.
 
"This is money that rightfully belongs to our members for their long-term retirement security," says Anne Stausboll, chief executive officer for CalPERS. "We’re glad that those who misled investors about the risks of mortgage-backed securities continue to compensate our members for their losses. We thank the California Attorney General's Office and the US Department of Justice for their diligent efforts."
 
Bank of America came under federal criminal investigation over its role in the 2008 financial crisis due to its misrepresentation of mortgage-backed securities it sold, along with those securities sold by two companies it acquired in 2008, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial.

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