Settlement In College Savings Plan Suit

New Mexico – The New Mexico Education Trust Board will receive $67 million from OppenheimerFunds to settle an investigation into the firm's management of a college savings program.

The board and Attorney General Gary King approved the settlement on Wednesday.

The $67 million will be distributed to plan participants who invested in a bond fund that suffered big losses because of risky mortgage-backed securities. The fund had been promoted as a conservative investment.

Oppenheimer has made similar settlements with other states over their so-called 529 college saving programs, which are named after a section of federal law that authorized them.

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