Goldman Sachs said Thursday it had reached a roughly $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its role in the sale of mortgages in the years leading up into the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis.
It is by far the largest settlement the investment bank has reached related to its role in the crisis, but the payment dwarfs the payments made by some of its Wall Street counterparts.
Goldman will pay $2.39 billion in civil monetary penalties, $875 million in cash payments and provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief in the form of mortgage forgiveness and refinancing as part of the agreement. The U.S. Department of Justice, the attorneys general of Illinois and New York and other regulators who are part of the settlement have not officially signed off on the deal, which could take some time.
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