The person who perhaps made it possible for state and
federal governments to collect billions from the Bank of America will apparently
be amply compensated for his actions.
The New York Times is
reporting that Edward O’Donnell, a former employee at Countrywide Mortgage
which was purchased by the bank in 2008, will receive a whistle-blower reward
of more than $57 MILLION for his role in an August civil settlement.
Bank of America agreed to pay $16.65 billion in penalties to
settle claims from federal prosecutors and several state attorneys general. The bank was sued as successor in interest to
Countrywide, one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country at the
beginning of the century, has been repeated accused, along with its founder and
CEO Angelo Mozilo of writing and selling shoddy mortgages…