Kevin McCoy and Julie Schmit, USA TODAY 10:29 p.m. EDT October 23, 2013

fraud3NEW YORK — Bank of America was found liable for fraud Wednesday for a program — dubbed “the Hustle” — that caused millions in losses to federally backed mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac amid fallout from the financial crisis.

The civil verdict by a Manhattan federal court jury similarly found the bank’s Countrywide Financial unit found liable, and also determined that former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone committed fraud while overseeing the loan-origination program.

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