* Permanently modifies 24,000 mortgages in April
* Modified 600,000 mortgages since beginning of 2008
* Shares down 4 cents at $17.03
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 13 Bank of America Corp
(BAC.N) said on Thursday that it had modified roughly 56,000
customer mortgages so far this year under the primary U.S.
government program aimed at preventing bank foreclosures.
The largest U.S. consumer bank said it had permanently
amended nearly 24,000 customer mortgages in April under the
U.S. government's Home Affordable Modification Program, or
It has completed 600,000 modifications since the beginning
of 2008, through a mix of government and bank-sponsored
The government program allows a qualifying borrower to
enter into a temporary mortgage modification through the bank,
which then modifies the loan permanently after the three-month
Some politicians and consumer advocates have criticized the
HAMP program -- which provides banks incentives to adjust
delinquent mortgages -- for not doing enough to stem the tide
of U.S. foreclosures.
Bank of America, one of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders,
has been the recipient of much of that criticism.
Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan was both
chastised and praised by homeowners at the company's annual
meeting in April for its mortgage modification efforts.
Since taking the CEO post on Jan. 1, Moynihan has called
the effort to stem the tide of U.S. foreclosures one of the
bank's main operational challenges.
Earlier this year, the bank announced plans to cut the
principal due for a small subset of subprime mortgages.
Shares of Bank of America were down 4 cents at $17.03 in
(Reporting by Joe Rauch; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)