Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The 177,000-member, $1.4 billion GTE Federal Credit Union faces a $51,000 fee from Fannie Mae because it only used foreclosure attorneys the government-backed mortgage giant approved and ordered it to use.

Fannie assessed the fee after a Fannie Mae-owned mortgage that GTE serviced fell into default and then into foreclosure. By itself that would not have generated a fee. But the mortgage took longer to move through the process than Fannie Mae believed it should have taken and, because of that, the housing giant assessed the fee.

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