Wells Fargo at It Again!

Wells Fargo at It Again! - Where Are the Criminal Prosecutions?Those fine outstanding law abiding people at Wells Fargo are at it again! This time the fraud is against the United States Bankruptcy Court and as usual, their very own customers. Wells Fargo’s explanation… The Covid-19 Pandemic!

Wells Fargo is using the Covid-19 virus as the excuse for placing borrowers currently under Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plans in forbearance. The borrowers never asked for the forbearance and Wells Fargo filed a claim with the Bankruptcy Courts halting mortgage payments for the borrowers without their knowledge. According to the NBC news article:

On April 29, without Harlow’s knowledge or permission, Wells Fargo told the bankruptcy court overseeing his payment plan that he had asked the bank to pause his mortgage payments because he had been hurt by COVID-19. Harlow, 48, of Buchanan, Virginia, made no such request and had continued to forward the full amount owed on his mortgage to Wells Fargo, court documents show.

Attorneys have discovered cases in  Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas. Clearly this is not the actions of a lone player and another systematic policy from the top.

Back in 2017 AppraisersBlogs published an article about all the ills Wells Fargo has been caught doing over the years. The article is very telling and shows a long history of abusive and illegal practices. How is this company still in operation? Where are the criminal prosecutions?

As Independent appraisers, could you be innocently involved with fraud by a lender? Would the use of an amc by the lender provide any protection to you, the appraiser? What about the consumer? A lawsuit by a homeowner. naming the appraiser who performed an appraisal for a lender doing something they should not be doing  seems plausible.Just think of the nightmare that would be. Choose your clients wisely.

See the story here and the video below.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Julio E. Sune Jr. says:

    A serial fraudster??????

  2. Avatar Dave says:

    No, Wells Fargo corrupt!!!

    They have a clean tract record and have never been sued and forced to pay millions back due to their illegal activity. I am glad to say, I don’t do business with them. Why are they even allowed to loan based on their past fraudulent actions. Why would any ethical appraiser want to deal with them.

  3. Its time to start putting Board Members in jail.

    Simply fining them doesn’t do anything. They just look at it as a cost of doing business. This kind of dishonesty doesn’t ‘just happen’. They also know better than to change a contract unilaterally.


    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Fines based on income for white collar crime would provide necessary corrections to the justice system.

  4. Avatar JULIO E SUNE says:

    “The financial turmoil of present times will induce many to act with dishonesty and deception. However… the truth is that a lack of integrity, honesty and credibility will deprive us of financial, physical and mental health.” [JES]

    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Over a 100 years later, people are like, I wonder what the root cause of this recurrent corruption might be.


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Wells Fargo at It Again!

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