WASHINGTON -- Two top accounting firms agreed last week to settle charges brought by buyers of First Humanics Corp. nursing home bonds that they wrote fraudulent feasibility studies for millions of dollars of troubled projects nationwide, according to lawyers representing the bondhlders.

In the settlement, Deloitte & Touche and Price Waterhouse, along with a trustee bank, an interior designer for the projects, and another individual, agreed to pay bondholders a total of $28 million in connection with more than 20 deals, according to David Guin, a lawyer with the Birmingham, Ala.-based law firm of Ritchie & Rediker, which is representing bondholders.

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