WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced four enforcement actions Thursday against mortgage insurers, ordering them to pay $15 million in penalties and stop "improper kickbacks" to mortgage lenders in exchange for business.

The four companies involved were Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp., United Guaranty Corp., Radian Guaranty Inc., and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. four of the biggest mortgage insurers in the country. The CFPB alleged that the firms provided kickbacks to lenders by "purchasing captive reinsurance that was essentially worthless but was designed to make a profit for the lenders."

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