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NEW YORK — Herbert Sandler, an early backer of the Center For Responsible Lending, has been identified as a chief promoter of a mortgage products that critics charged helped bring about the current financial crisis.

According to an article in the December 24 New York Times, Sandler and his wife Marion got involved with the Center in 2002 when the couple was running a mortgage lender called the World Savings Bank. In that capacity, the article reported that Sandler “pioneered” the use of the option adjustable rate mortgage.

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