Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

Judge won’t dismiss couple’s lawsuit against Wells Fargo

A federal judge won’t dismiss a Waynesboro’s couple lawsuit against Wells Fargo National Bank and two other companies alleging “deceptive, fraudulent and unconscionable” sales practices.

Although U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III refused to dismiss Archie and Angela Hudson’s lawsuit, he ruled the case must undergo arbitration first because the couple signed an arbitration agreement with Wells Fargo.

The Hudsons purchased new windows for their home from Windows USA, one of the other companies the couple named as defendant in their lawsuit. The other company is Big Four Companies, Inc., the managing member of Windows USA.

The Hudsons’ purchase occurred following an in-house demonstration and was financed via a Visa Home Projects Program credit card issued by Wells Fargo.

Nationally, Wells Fargo, the second largest bank in the United States, has been rocked with scandal over the last year for creating fraudulent bank and credit cards accounts.

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The damning 2004 report that Wells Fargo chose to ignore

September 13, 2007

John Stumpf

Wells Fargo Company
420 Montgomery St

San Francisco CA 94301

Dear Sir,
I sincerely regret the circumstances under which I am corresponding,

Nine months ago, I reported unethical (and illegal) activity to Wells Fargo Regional Bank, Regional Bank
Management informed the banker of my report, the banker immediately responded claiming my report to
be harassment, upon which Regional bank demanded my immediate removal from the office for seven
months to conduct an investigation.

The activity reported directly violates established, written Wells Fargo policy and is conducted under
fraudulent pretense for the sole and singular purpose of acquiring sales and bonus compensation, a direct
violation of Wells Fargo?s Sales and Ethics policies. At no point has Wells Fargo Bank earned revenue or
do our customers receive bene?t from these activities. In Northern California?s Greater Bay Region the
activity is widespread and so highly encouraged that it has become a normal sales practice. Le? unchecked,
the inevitable outcome shall be one of professional and reputational damage, consumer fraud and
shareholder lawsuits, coupled by regulatory sanctions. All attempts to utilize traditional channels to report
this information have been met with immediate and lasting retaliation and having exhausted all other
options, I am forwarding this information directly to the audit committee as a ?nal hope for internal
resolution.

I consider myself to be a loyal and devoted employee. I have been a team member since 1992, the last l2
consecutive years spent in one store. It is unconscionable to allow the routine deception and fraudulent
exploitation of our clients, a belief which was ingrained upon me by Wells Fargo. At great personal cost, I
also believed in the strident promises of professionalism, con?dentiality, fair consideration and absolute
protection against retaliation. Despite having been slandered, publicly discredited and effectively
blacklisted, have remained loyal to Wells Fargo, taking only actions requisite to protecting my career. I
have not engaged a lawyer to sue Wells Fargo, disclosed details to colleagues, to the media, to the public
nor made a single demand. I have simply asked to be made whole.

My intention to avoid litigation and public spectacle has seemingly been interpreted as weakness rather
than a loyalty to Wells Fargo; what I have reported is accurate and public disclosure can only damage
shareholder value and endanger the livelihoods of 150,000 team members. Inexorably, Regional Bank has
drawn me down this path, without reason and complete ?at: ?Employment is At- Will: staffing decisions are
under the complete and arbitrary discretion of Regional Bank, We have not retaliated, you will not be
reinstated. If OSHA determines we have retaliated, you will not be reinstated; you will never be allowed
back in the same o?ice, sue us if you disagree.? This is an imprudent position and clearly an attempt to
escape individual accountability with inside the shield of a ?flawless? bureaucracy. To openly invite a
lawsuit, prefaced by outside government investigation, wherein guilt is statutorily de?ned in absolutes
rather than gradients even more imprudent, in that I have labored to remain open to any frank and candid
discussion.

I remain committed and loyal to Wells Fargo; I am not a traitor, I am not impetuous, I am not some hyper-
malcontent. I want what is right, what is best and what is fair for Wells Fargo, for our customers and for
myself It is my hope that this information will be fairly evaluated without vested interest, concerned with
protecting the integrity and values of Wells Fargo and it?s customers. Seemingly if our aims are identical,
any differences which may have existed should no longer, and any remaining issues should be easily
resolved, but the evidence thus far suggests this would be optimism to the point of foolishness.

Sincerely,

2007 Wells-Fargo-Stumpf-Letter

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An internal Wells Fargo report prepared 12 years ago — in August 2004 — eerily foretold the fake account scandal that has recently shaken Wells Fargo to its core.

That investigation, titled “Gaming,” warned that Wells Fargo employees had an “incentive to cheat” that was “based on the fear of losing their jobs.” It said that workers felt they couldn’t meet the bank’s unrealistic sales goals “without gaming the system.”

The 2004 report was sent to Wells Fargo’s chief auditor, HR personnel and others. The Wells Fargo (WFC) task force even cautioned that the bank faced “reputational risks” with customers and recommended management consider eliminating the sales goals.

But, like other warnings, this 2004 report fell on deaf ears inside Wells Fargo.

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DOJ is probing Barclays over whistleblower scandal

The Justice Department is investigating UK banking giant Barclays and the US Postal Service over an alleged attempt to unmask a whistleblower, The Post has learned.

Barclays, at the request of Chief Executive Jes Staley, reached out to postal inspectors after its board received two letters mailed from an anonymous employee complaining about the hiring of a mid-level executive, according to a source familiar with the probe.

Justice Department investigators are trying to determine whether officials at Barclays or USPS inspectors may have violated civil Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections or even criminal law by attempting to unmask the employee, according to the source.

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Wells Fargo, Banned From Bond Work, Wins California Deal Anyway

California’s suspension of Wells Fargo & Co. from investment work hasn’t completely prevented the beleaguered bank from underwriting the state’s bonds.

Wells Fargo submitted the lowest competitive bid Wednesday to sell $636 million of California general obligations. The 12-month ban imposed in September by State Treasurer John Chiang applies to negotiated sales, in which the underwriters are picked in advance. State law requires Chiang to accept the lowest bid submitted at an auction.

“We were pleased with the price that they offered,” said Marc Lifsher, a spokesman for Chiang. “It doesn’t reflect our feelings about their behavior toward their customers.”

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