Friday, April 18, 2008

OFHEO Settles with former Fannie Mae CEO Raines for $24.7 million

by Bill McBride on 4/18/2008 06:23:00 PM

OFHEO Issues Consent Orders Regarding Former Fannie Mae Executives

OFHEO Director James B. Lockhart today announced the issuance of three Consent Orders dealing with former Fannie Mae Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Franklin D. Raines, former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) J. Timothy Howard and former Controller Leanne Spencer. The orders require certain actions by the individuals and settles OFHEO’s administrative enforcement actions against them for events related to the accounting and internal control problems at Fannie Mae uncovered by OFHEO and detailed in two Special Examination Reports.

The three respondents consented to the Orders in settlement of an OFHEO administrative Notice of Charges filed against them on December 18, 2006. The administrative action alleged that the respondents, among other charges, undertook inappropriate earnings management, failed to ensure that adequate internal controls were put in place, released misleading financial reports and permitted the accounting function to operate without adequate resources. The charges concluded that such allegations represented misconduct and unsafe and unsound practices that led to losses suffered by Fannie Mae.
For Raines:
In satisfaction of the Notice of Charges, the Consent Orders place several requirements upon the parties as follows:

From Mr. Raines, a total of $24.7 million comprised of:

The proceeds from the sale of Fannie Mae stock, valued at $1.8 million to be donated to programs and initiatives to assist homeowners threatened with the loss of their homes or related initiatives to assist homeownership, as approved by OFHEO.

Payment of $2 million to the United States Government.

Surrender and relinquishment of claims related to stock options with a value of $15.6 million when they were issued.

Other benefits lost in association with the above estimated at $5.3 million.