An affiliate of H&R Block, the publicly traded parent of subprime giant Option One Mortgage, has tapped a $250 million credit facility, citing deteriorating conditions in the commercial paper market.The loan is the responsibility of Block Financial Group, a subsidiary of H&R Block. The tax preparation giant is trying to sell the Irvine, Calif.-based Option One. In a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Block cites, as one of its risks, the uncertainty surrounding the sale. Hedge fund giant Cerberus Capital has agreed to buy Option One, but it recently threw its existing subprime unit, Aegis Mortgage, into bankruptcy. Option One can be found online at http://www.optiononemortgage.com.

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