" “This is the tale of two companies,” Robert Khuzami, Director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement explained in a public statement announcing the filing of financial fraud charges against Countrywide Financial CEO Angelo Mozilo and two other former executives. “Countrywide portrayed itself as underwriting mainly prime quality mortgages using high underwriting standards. But concealed from shareholders was the true Countrywide, an increasingly reckless lender assuming greater and greater risk. Angelo Mozilo privately described one countrywide product as `toxic,’ and said another’s performance was so uncertain that Countrywide was `flying blind.’”"

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