#AceNewsReport – May.14: Wells Fargo may have opened as many as 3.5 million bogus bank accounts without its customers’ permission, attorneys for customers suing the bank have alleged in a court filing, suggesting the bank may have created far more fake accounts than previously indicated #AceNewsDesk
Up To 1.4M More Fake Wells Fargo Accounts Possible Published on May 13, 2017 at 03:04PM An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup: The plaintiffs’ new estimate of bogus bank accounts is about 1.4 million, or 67%, higher than the original estimate — disclosed last year as part of a settlement with regulators — that up to 2.1 million accounts were opened without customers’ permission… The attorneys covered a period from 2002 to 2017, rather than the previously scrutinized five-year stretch from 2011 to some time in 2016 in which the bank acknowledged setting up unauthorized accounts.
Wells Fargo terminated 5,300 employees for creating fake accounts, and their CEO now acknowledges that “we had an incentive program and a high-pressure sales culture within our community bank that drove behavior that many times was inappropriate and inconsistent with our values.” In a possibly-related story, Wells Fargo plans to shut 450 branches over the next two years.
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