New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that his office will subpoena Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of a widening probe of the residential mortgage industry.Among other things, the subpoenas seek information on mortgages purchased by the government-sponsored enterprises from their seller/servicers, including Washington Mutual of Seattle. The GSEs also agreed to a demand by the New York AG that they hire an independent examiner to conduct a review of all WaMu appraisals on mortgages they purchased. In 2006, according to the eMortgage Industry Directory, WaMu sold north of $30 billion in loans to the GSEs. "In order to fulfill their duty to consumers and investors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must ensure that Washington Mutual's mortgages have not been corrupted by inflated appraisals," the attorney general said in a statement. At deadline time, only Fannie had commented on the matter, saying it would fully cooperate.

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