Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other mortgage industry heavyweights are planning to establish a shared data base of mortgage brokers that may have defrauded lenders.

The companies involved have so far said nothing about the project. But its existence became known when the Justice Department filed a notice in the Federal Register of Oct. 29 that the members of the group, known as the Mortgage Loss Prevention Forum, were seeking an antitrust exemption.

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