(REUTERS) – Wells Fargo said on Wednesday it is in discussions with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest mortgage lender of cheating taxpayers by submitting ineligible home loans to a federal insurance program.
In October 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the San Francisco-based bank, saying it failed to report more than 6,000 loans that did not meet requirements for insurance under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and failed to properly review early payment defaults.
The government said this caused the FHA to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in claims on loans that did not qualify for insurance.
At a June hearing in New York, a Justice Department lawyer said the bank and the government had tried several times to resolve their differences but were unsuccessful.
Wells Fargo is not the only big bank to face such allegations. JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp , Citigroup Inc and Deutsche Bank AG all reached settlements with the Justice Department over related issues in recent years.
The bank lowered its estimate of projected litigation-related losses to as much as $950 million above the sum already set aside at the end of September. That is down from an estimated $1.2 billion at the end of June, according to the SEC filing.