Service charge: JPMorgan Chase accused of loading jury duty pay debit cards with fees

Wow! Anything for a buck by the bankster!

For some people, jury duty is a dreaded American civic obligation. Now, JPMorgan Chase is adding another unwelcome element: banking fees.

In a handful of jurisdictions, the biggest U.S. bank by assets has taken over administration of the juror-compensation system, issuing debit cards instead of the age-old system of paper checks.

In addition to the juror pay, the cards also come loaded with fees — for balance inquiries, for inactivity, for using non-Chase ATMs, for charges with insufficient funds and for cash or check issuance. The funds become impossible to withdraw from an ATM once the balance falls below $20, and in at least one jurisdiction — Washington, D.C. — there are no Chase branches or ATMs within 90 miles (145 kilometers), ensuring the funds will eventually be frittered away to the bank.

Read on.

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