Federal Prosecutors Continue to Seek Hefty Fraud Penalties Under FIRREA

As we blogged previously, Federal prosecutors are increasingly pressing claims under the Savings and Loan crisis-era Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), as they continue to pursue alleged misconduct by financial institutions in the run-up to the 2008 crash. Often brought in conjunction with FCA claims, FIRREA gives prosecutors a much longer (10 year) statute of limitations, as well as more lenient burdens of proof. This trend continues with Citigroup’s $7 billion settlement announced Monday, which included a $4 billion FIRREA civil fine.