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FDIC Announces Settlement with Ernst & Young LLP, Auditor for the Closed Superior Bank, FSB, Hinsdale, Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR-129-2004 (12-24-2004)
Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) relating to E&Y's audits of Superior Bank FSB, Hinsdale, Illinois. Superior was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) on July 27, 2001. At the time of its failure, Superior had assets of approximately $2 billion.

Under the terms of the settlement, E&Y will pay to the FDIC $40 million in restitution. E&Y will also dismiss any claims it may have against the FDIC related to Superior. E&Y does not admit any liability with respect to its audits of Superior.

The OTS is concluding a separate settlement of its enforcement claims against E&Y. Under the terms of that agreement, E&Y will pay the OTS $85 million in restitution, which will be immediately transferred to the FDIC as receiver.

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Last Updated 12/24/2004 communications@fdic.gov