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Shareholders Say Colonial BancGroup|Cheated on TARP Announcement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CN) - Colonial BancGroup defrauded investors by announcing on Dec. 2 that it would get $550 million through the Troubled Asset Relief program, but not disclosing until Jan. 27 that that was contingent upon raising another $300 million itself, shareholders say in a federal class action.

Shareholders say Colonial's share price rose from $1.76 to $3.08 after the first announcements, but tanked to 85 cents the day after the Jan. 27 revelation. It remains about 80 cents a share.

Also sued are CEO Robert Lowder, CFO Sarah Moore, and CAO T. Brent Hicks.

Lead counsel is Battle Fleenor & Green of Birmingham.

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