NCUA recovers nearly $127M from RB of Scotland for RMBS claims

September 17, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (9/17/15)--The National Credit Union Administration has accepted an offer of judgement for $129.6 million from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the agency announced today. This resolves claims arising from losses related to purchases of residential mortgage-backed securities by Members United and Southwest corporate credit unions.

“NCUA has a statutory obligation to secure recoveries for credit unions and ensure that consumers remain protected,” NCUA Chair Debbie Matz said. “We can assure stakeholders that we will continue to aggressively pursue recoveries against Wall Street firms that contributed to the corporate crisis. Each recovery as well as our ongoing lawsuits further NCUA’s goal of minimizing the losses of the corporate crisis and future costs to credit unions.”

The latest judgment brings the total amount obtained by the NCUA in legal recoveries to nearly $1.9 billion. Net proceeds go toward reducing the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund assessments charged to federally insured credit unions. These funds pay for the losses caused by the failure of five corporate credit unions.

According to the NCUA, it still has litigation pending in federal courts in Kansas and California against Royal Bank of Scotland for sales of faulty residential mortgage-backed securities to U.S. Central and Wescorp corporate credit unions.

The agency also has lawsuits pending against Goldman Sachs, Wachovia, UBS, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley based on the sale of faulty securities, causing the collapse of five corporate credit unions.

 NCUA was the first federal regulatory agency for depository institutions to recover losses from investments in these securities on behalf of failed financial institutions.