Banker asked about 'cr.p' mail in mortgage bond trial

Email Simon Stratford

In 2007, a Royal Bank of Scotland employee emailed his boss with his view of a sample of mortgages underlying a bond that the bank was underwriting: 'This one is crap'.

Reuters reports that when asked about it this week in Manhattan federal court, Brian Farrell, the employee, said he did not recall the deal.

But a U.S. regulator cited the email as evidence that Nomura and RBS made false statements about mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The email and others like it are part of a $1.1bn lawsuit by the Federal Housing Finance Agency against Nomura and RBS that went to trial this month. The messages add to a litany of arguably embarrassing electronic musings by bank employees that have resurfaced in litigation over the 2008 financial crisis.

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