Sterling Bank & Trust Settles OCC Investigation into Advantage Loan Program; OCC Terminates June 2019 Formal Agreement
Concurrent with the Consent Order, the OCC notified the Bank that the formal agreement between the Bank and the OCC entered on
The Company and the Bank continue to remain under investigation by the
“Today’s announcement from the OCC represents a painful resolution of the long running regulatory fallout from the ill-fated Advantage Loan Program. The level of cooperation that we have provided and the comprehensive internal investigation have been critical to our building a reputation with our regulators that had been absent previously. In my tenure as CEO, the board of directors, management and staff have placed this extensive cooperation along with the remediation of all of the critical findings in the OCC Agreement and elsewhere as our primary focus. Our commitment and the ultimate success are evidenced by the termination of the OCC Agreement. As regulatory enforcement orders go, our remediation was all accomplished in very quick order especially given the severity of the findings and rebuilding required. I feel it is recognition of the extraordinary efforts by the entire Sterling team. The
Notwithstanding these achievements and as noted above, we remain engaged with the DOJ on the criminal aspects arising from the Advantage Loan Program. At this point in time, we have no visibility into the potential terms or timing of any settlement with the DOJ. We will continue to provide full cooperation and hope resolution with Sterling will be forthcoming.
Both the Bank and the Company remain eager to put this entire episode behind them as expeditiously as possible. It is, however, possible that the issues surrounding multiple individuals regarding their involvement with the fraud will continue well into the future,” said Thomas M. O’Brien, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
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