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WaMu chased risky clients

Despite fraud rates of over 58 per cent and 83 per cent at two of Washington Mutual Bank's biggest loan generating offices in 2005, the bank did nothing to address the problem, according to findings released yesterday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The loans were made after the bank decided in 2003 to focus on profitable high-risk mortgages, the subcommittee said.