Magazine article American Banker

Ocwen Fails Loan Mod Compliance Test in Mortgage Settlement

Magazine article American Banker

Ocwen Fails Loan Mod Compliance Test in Mortgage Settlement

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Byline: Kate Berry

Ocwen Financial failed a test to determine whether it had notified borrowers of missing or incomplete documents for loan modifications in a timely manner, according to the national mortgage settlement monitor.

Joseph A. Smith Jr., the settlement monitor, plans to file a report Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia outlining corrective actions taken by Ocwen, which passed eight other tests.

Ocwen reported preliminary first-quarter earnings last week in which it said it does not expect to face any fines or actions from regulators that would have a material impact on its results.

In December, Smith launched an investigation of Ocwen saying he could not rely on the Atlanta servicer's internal review process.

The retesting of metrics began last year after a whistleblower contacted Smith claiming that Ocwen was selecting its own samples of loan files instead of taking a statistical sample. Smith then created a hotline to allow any concerned employees to contact him.

The results of the current review by the independent accounting firm McGladrey show that Ocwen failed just one metric, on loan mod documentation, that it had previously claimed to have passed. The company passed eight other tests including one that its internal review group claimed to have failed on terminating force placed insurance agreements.

To put Ocwen's results in perspective, last year, Green Tree Servicing failed eight tests during one testing period, prompting further scrutiny of nonbank servicers' processes. …

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