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Attorneys General Staff Receive Top Recognition for Mortgage Settlement Work

Eight staff members from state attorneys general offices received the “Distinguished Service Award,” the U.S. Department of Justice’s second highest award for employee performance for their leadership roles working on the $25 billion national mortgage settlement. It was the largest state-federal settlement in history and was the result of a massive civil law enforcement investigation and initiative by state attorneys general, state banking regulators, and nearly a dozen federal agencies.

The award recipients were First Assistant Attorney General Andrew P. McCallin from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Section; Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. Budzik from the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General’s Finance Department; Bureau Chief Victoria A. Butler from the Florida Office of the Attorney General’s Division of Economic Crimes; Chief Deborah A. Hagan from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division; Assistant Attorney General Patrick T. Madigan from the Iowa Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division; Assistant Attorney General Philip A. Lehman from the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division; Assistant Attorney General James A. Daross from the Office of the Attorney General of Texas’ Consumer Protection Division; and Senior Counsel David W. Huey from the Washington Office of the Attorney General.

“...I’m especially grateful for this opportunity to personally thank you – not only for your contributions, but for the inspiring examples you’ve set; the steady courage you’ve shown; and the lasting difference you’ve helped to make in the lives of countless Americans across the country. Each of you has come to exemplify the best of what it means to be a dedicated – and selfless – public servant,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during an Oct. 17 awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The settlement, announced in February, includes comprehensive new mortgage loan servicing standards, $5 billion to state and federal treasuries and borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure, $20 billion in consumer relief and a $1 billion resolution of False Claims Act recoveries by the Eastern District of New York.

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