WASHINGTON -- The Office of Thrift Supervision, revealing that its probe of savings and loan auditors is wider than previously reported, is wider than previously reported, asked a federal court here Monday to force Ernst & Young to produce documents detailing work the accounting firm did for 23 failed savings and loans.

The OTS is investigating whether the accounting firm is liable for any of the government's losses from failed thrifts, including Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, Irvine, Calif.; Silverado Banking, Savings and Loan Association, Denver, and Vernon (Tex.) Savings and Loan Association.

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