Ousted Fannie Mae chief executive Franklin Raines is charging regulators with withholding documents that show a deliberate attempt to drive down the stock price of the mortgage securities concern. In a filing with the U.S. District Court here, Raines, 58, who was shown the door after the company was forced into a $6.3 billion restatement, said that Fannie Mae's overseer, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, "continues to guard jealously against the disclosure of information." Raines wants OFHEO to hand over documents related to a 2004 report published by the Department of Housing and Urban showing that the "officers of the agency had engaged in serious misconduct by deliberately attempting to manipulate and depress Fannie Mae's stock price." To date, the government has filed more than 100 charges against Raines, former Fannie Mae chief financial officer Timothy Howard and the company's former controller, Leanne Spencer, seeking fines and the return of millions in bonus money. Following a two-year dispute over deferred compensation after his dismissal, Raines had been awarded $2.6 million under a deal disclosed in an SEC filing.
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