The SEC and Citigroup reached a $75 million settlement in the commission's lawsuit over Citi's alleged failure to disclose to investors the $40 billion holdings in subprime mortgages it held in 2007.
The Wall Street Journal said Saturday that a federal judge in Washington indicated she was satisfied with the settlement as long as a few changes were made, including requiring nearly a dozen company divisions sign off on the accuracy of Citi's earnings reports.
"We are pleased with today's hearing and will comply with the judge's request," Citigroup said in a written statement after Friday's hearing.
Although U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said she did not believe a settlement of $75 million would not be much of a deterrent, she said she was also deferring to the SEC on the matter.
The SEC has two weeks to have the modifications approved by the agency's commissioners.