Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of loosening its standards for making loans while telling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were buying loans from Countrywide, that the standards were getting tighter. (Associated Press)

Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of loosening its standards for making loans while telling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were buying loans from Countrywide, that the standards were getting tighter. (Associated Press)