JONATHAN STEMPEL, Reuters

SunTrust Banks Inc said on Wednesday it is cooperating with the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York on a broader industry investigation into expenses charged by law firms in connection with foreclosures.

In a regulatory filing, the Atlanta-based regional bank said the expenses relate to foreclosures of loans guaranteed or insured by government-controlled mortgage companiesFannie Mae or Freddie Mac, or by the Federal Housing Administration.

SunTrust said the investigation relates to a private whistleblower lawsuit that was filed under seal and remains in early stages. It said it has had a “dialogue” with Bharara’s office to resolve the matter, but did not reach an agreement.

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