FBI Agent Predicted Doomsday In Mortgage Biz

   A high ranking FBI agent looked into his crystal ball and warned that authorities needed to take action to head off a disaster in the mortgage industry. Could we have been saved from this doomsday scenario we now have?
By Richard Schmitt
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Long before the mortgage crisis began rocking Main Street and Wall Street, a top FBI official made a chilling, if little-noticed, prediction: The booming mortgage business, fueled by low interest rates and soaring home values, was starting to attract shady operators and billions in losses were possible.

“It has the potential to be an epidemic,” Chris Swecker, the FBI official in charge of criminal investigations, told reporters in September 2004. But, he added reassuringly, the FBI was on the case. “We think we can prevent a problem that could have as much impact as the S&L crisis,” he said.

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