The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is examining the servicing practices of Ocwen Loan Servicing, West Palm Beach, Fla., one of the largest subprime servicers in the United States. A spokeswoman for the agency told MortgageWire that "We don't randomly conduct exams," adding that "we saw some flags." She did not elaborate. Ocwen was singled out by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at a news conference on Tuesday. Bill Rinehart, vice president and chief credit officer for the publicly traded Ocwen, said, "We received an examination request in the ordinary course of business. That's as much as we know. If they find something in the exam, we'll address it." Ocwen services $53.5 billion in loans. At year's end, its foreclosure rate was 6.47%, compared with 3.21% a year earlier. Mr. Rinehart noted that less than 1% of Ocwen's foreclosure cures result from "short sales" or "deeds in lieu."

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