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Wells Fargo to Pay $125 Million Lending Discrimination Settlement

By Mike Holter


Wells FargoMortgage lender Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $125 million and set up a $50 million assistance fund to resolve allegations it discriminated against minority borrowers. This is the second Wells Fargo lending discrimination settlement reached in two years. The bank reached a $3.25 million class action lawsuit settlement in 2011 to resolve allegations it knowingly discriminated against borrowers in minority neighborhoods, resulting in those borrowers paying more for their loans than borrowers in non-minority areas of Los Angeles County.
The latest Wells Fargo lending discrimination settlement will resolve government accusations that the bank put creditworthy Hispanic and African-American borrowers into more expensive subprime loans from 2004 to 2007, and that mortgage brokers added charges through 2009 that caused minority borrowers to pay higher fees, costs and interest than similar white borrowers.

“Wells Fargo’s internal documents reveal that senior officials were aware of the numerous tactics that subprime originators employed to keep loans in the subprime division,” when they could have qualified for prime loans, the Justice Department alleged in the lending discrimination lawsuit.

Wells Fargo denies it engaged in illegal discrimination and said it agreed to the class action settlement to avoid the cost of ongoing litigation. The bank also agreed to stop using outside brokers to create mortgages and to provide $50 million in direct payments for down-payment assistant in eight U.S. regions where the Justice Department alleges Wells Fargo’s lending discrimination practices had the most impact.

The Wells Fargo lending discrimination settlement is part of the Obama administration’s effort to crack down on lending discrimination to reduce loan defaults during the housing bust. The Wells Fargo settlement is the second largest reached by the Justice Department. In December 2011, the DOJ reached a record $335 million settlement with Bank of America after it found the bank’s Countrywide unit assessed higher fees and interest rates on more than 200,000 black and Hispanic borrowers from 2004 through 2007.


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Updated July 18th, 2012


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  • Anonymous July 19, 2012

    I want to no how I can get in one of these lawsuits. I lost my house over their stupidity. I still have all the paper work and never a apoligy from them. Then money that was sent to them was some how missed placed and after We lost our home that money showed up in the account. We had to move completely away from our kids. and Filed Bankruptsy to save the place now our credit is bad because of the bankruptsy. Please direct me so I can get in on this or a lawsuit.

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  • Anonymous September 26, 2012

    My husband financed a car through Wells Fargo in December 2010. Up until our move in October, we paid more than the minimum monthly payment?. In the upheaval of moving, we missed two months’ payments, and without warning, Wells Fargo repossessed our car:. We paid the fees and got it back, and part of the process was proof of insurance, which we faxed to them with the rest of the paperwork;. A couple months later we noticed our minimum balance was a lot higher than normal, and we called to find out why’. Wells Fargo told us we had been put on their insurance plan:. We told them to drop that immediately, put any money we had paid on this insurance plan towards our overall balance, and faxed them yet another copy of our insurance;. A month later, they repossessed our car on the claim that we owed almost $1,000 for failing to pay insurance fees that were fraudulently added to our balance in the first place|. Both repossessions were done in the dead of night (I leave for work at 4:30 in the morning and the car was already gone) with absolutely no warning or notice, or any cooperation afterwards/. We are thoroughly disgusted by the filthy business practices in effect by Wells Fargo, as well as the complete lack of customer service.

    • Jess Brady-Albarran April 7, 2016

      Wow… I read this w/ a gaping jaw. How audacious they are to think this is acceptable? THANK YOU 4 the share, & I hope you hurt them right back. Like they care what that does to a married couple (fights/ splits). Give it back to them TWICE AS HARD where their heart is; in their pocketbook! Take Care, Jess

  • Anonymous October 2, 2012

    I would like to join the class action lawsuit. Can anyone provide me information as to how/

  • Anonymous October 11, 2012

    I need the information in regards to the class action law suit as it does apply to me

  • Anonymous October 24, 2012

    In 2008 I was approved a Wells Fargo mortgage loan for 4.5%. The Wells Fargo loan officer spearheaded the process in which he contacted a local bank whom approved a builders loan at 7.5%. Wells Fargo was going to purchase the home from the local bank when my home was finished in six months. Three months into the build I received a letter from Wells Fargo stating that their loan had been pulled by my request. I immediately contacted the Wells Fargo loan officer who in turn continuously advised me and my wife to sue Wells Fargo and that it was accidentally pulled. The loan officer initially advised that I would not have to re-apply, however later he advised that I had to re-apply, which in turn did not get approved. Wells Fargo claimed that they had found two late payments from my previous home which was false. I was in a bind and settled with the local bank whom approved the builders loan and in turn continued the loan as a personal loan at the rate of 7.5%. Since then my family has been struggling to make ends meet, sometimes even having to borrow money to buy groceries. The local bank had filed a foreclosure due to late payments and unforeseen hardships of paying such a high mortgage payment, however a forebearance agreement has been recently met until next time someone decides to step on the little man. What do I do about this situation.

  • Anonymous November 2, 2012

    how can I get on the wells fargo lending lawsuit? I reside in Louisiana and wants to know how to sign up for that lawsuit?

  • Anonymous December 11, 2012

    I’am a 66year old black woman.My mortgage payments increased by almost $500 dollarsthis past spring.I’m on social security,lost my husband two years ago. applied for a hardship mortgage twice with Wells Fargo. They denied me twice.My mortgage is upside down.My mortgage is over $220,000 but the market value is only $140,000.Please add my name to this class action suite.

  • julie December 30, 2012

    I would like more information on the class action law suit with wells fargo. I am a customer of wells fargo and i ‘ve had some major problems with them.

  • Marva Morris January 3, 2013

    Wells Fargo illegally forced me into foreclosure by not abiding by the Escrow Contract. Wells Fargo breached the contract by failing to put my taxes and insurance in the Escrow. I was notified a year later that I owed taxes for 2006 and 2007. The total balance was approximately $2000 which I was unable to pay or increase payments from $640 to $940 approx. by 50%, Well Fargo knew that I was not able to pay this amount.

  • Barbara Flater January 5, 2013

    I had my mortage with Wells Fargo and had my home foreclosed on after trying for 18 months to work out different options with them , Because of the constant stress and run around and all the issues, this drove me to contenpplate suicide. Eventually do to all the issues, I was forced into bankruptcy. I lost everything, I had lived there for 30 years, raised a son in that home, all gone. I now live in a small apartment – forced to give or sell off everything. I would like to know how to get into this lawsuit. I received a paper at one time asking if I wanted to be considered, but do to all the packing I lost that form. Please contact me and provide the form necessary to file.

  • Samuel J. January 11, 2013

    I have a mortgage with Wells Fargo and in 2004 I was having serious financial problems,and tried to work out a mortgage modification with wells fargo . They gave me the run around for 6 mos. And flat out just lied to me for another 4 mos. To make a long story short a year passed and when all the smoke cleared, I was in the same rut as before I started the process.

  • Michelle Pamplin January 11, 2013

    We had lived in our home 37 years. My husband had a light stroks & heart attack and was on disability. We got behind and tried for months to work out something with them…only to be told they never received paperwork etc etc one line after another. Then they foreclosed! Kids & grandkids raised there…what can we do? My niece who sent all the faxes and had the proof we had sent req. paperwork, passed in June, so I have no record.

  • Ray February 26, 2013

    what is the website to fill out a claim form I am in the same boat as everyone else

  • Ray February 26, 2013

    what is the website to fill out a claim form

  • AMADOU SAKHO March 3, 2013

    can you please send me more information about it
    thank-you .

  • Kathleen Salinas July 9, 2013

    They illegally foreclosed on my home in Texas in 2009 without proper notice and after promising modification. How can I join this lawsuit?

  • Araceli Trevino September 17, 2013

    I beliieve Wells Fargo Financial charged me more intrest because im hispanic

  • Sharon October 21, 2013

    How can i join this lawsuit? i feel Wells Fargo over charged me on my mortgage

  • Tani October 31, 2015

    I need contact info on filing claim. Thank you in advance.

  • Nancy Roberts December 2, 2015

    I was forced out of my home of 20 years. There was no proper paperwork. I raised my children and all my newborn grandbabies were brought to my home. Grandmas house was the steady and secure home in their lives. I was very ill when Wells Fargo took it all away from me. Being locked out of my home was the most emotional experience in my life. I have a homestead that was not honored, and I have not been approached by Wells Fargo to honor the Homestead. I have been homeless because of the banks actions. I had major surgery and was forced to move from my home after being out of the hospital for 6 weeks. I have never really recuperated from the surgery and being put on the streets. With no money and a husband who disappeared. I have all my paperwork in order and would like for someone to contact me. It was the most cruel thing that could of happened to me. I worked hard and feel that I deserved better that what I got. It really was the saddest day of my life. Your kind attention would be most appreciated. Thank You

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