Goldman Sachs will pay $5 billion to settle federal and state probes into the bank's sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Authorities said Goldman misrepresented the quality of loans it securitized and then sold to investors ahead of the housing bubble and 2008 crisis. The settlement includes a $2.4 billion civil penalty, $1.8 billion in relief payouts to underwater homeowners and affected borrowers and $875 million to resolve various other claims.
"This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail," acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said in a statement.
The bank did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.
It follows similar settlements with other major firms reached in the wake of the financial crisis. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley all previously struck multi-billion dollar agreements with the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities working group, which was formed in 2012 to investigate practices in the mortgage market.