Wells Fargo Financial Finally Moving to Claims Review and Compensation

Posted by NCBRC - June 27, 2013

In 2011, the Federal Reserve Board issued a cease and desist order and assessed an $85 million civil money penalty against Wells Fargo & Company of San Francisco, a registered bank holding company, and Wells Fargo Financial, Inc., of Des Moines. (as distinguished from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage or by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.)  The order addresses allegations that Wells Fargo Financial employees steered potential prime borrowers into more costly subprime loans and separately falsified income information in mortgage applications. The order affect certain mortgage loans made between January 1, 2004 and September 30, 2008.  In addition to the civil money penalty, the order requires that Wells Fargo compensate affected borrowers.

Wells Fargo Financial made subprime loans that primarily refinanced existing home mortgages in which borrowers received additional money from the loan proceeds in so-called cash-out refinancing loans. The order addresses allegations that Wells Fargo Financial sales personnel steered borrowers who were potentially eligible for prime interest rate loans into loans at higher, subprime interest rates, resulting in greater costs to borrowers. The order also addresses separate allegations that Wells Fargo Financial sales personnel falsified information about borrowers’ incomes to make it appear that the borrowers qualified for loans when they would not have qualified based on their actual incomes.

According to both the Federal Reserve Board and Wells Fargo, some current and former customers of Wells Fargo Financial will receive notices that they may be eligible to file a claim.  For more information, you can visit the Wells Fargo Financial Consent Order Website.


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