1) -During the Great Recession Wells Fargo targeted black people and convinced them to take out subprime loans. Such actions lead to the result of Wells Fargo being sued in 2010 for discrimination and a year later settling the suit paying more than 174 million.
As all this came to fruition, the bank was penalized with $185 million dollars in fines and other penalties by county and federal organizations (Blake, 2016). On top of getting slapped with millions of dollars worth of fines, Wells Fargo fired 5,300 employees that may have been involved in the scandal (Blake, 2016). Some of Wells Fargo’s top executives where asked to step down in court proceedings as well as in other meetings with federal agencies. There have also been several lawsuits filed against Wells Fargo by customers and former employees of the company that feel that they were wronged and bombarded with threats. Thankfully, this scandal did not affect most of Wells Fargo’s clients. However, there were some unfortunate people that had
Well just one I know of and that is Wells Fargo. A civil law suit was filed by the attorney for the City of Los Angeles. The suit was filed and accuses Well Fargo of unethically treating its employees and customers. The suit claims the Bank of setting nearly impossible sales goals for its employees. Which enticed them to use fraudulent ways for meeting the big goals. There have been several former and even present Wells Fargo employees that have come forward to tell their experience of the huge pressure from the bank. The employees used unethical fraudulent means to achieve these nearly impossible sales goals. They did this by opening unauthorized customer accounts, giving out illegal credit cards with lines of credit. They even went as far
While the organization blatantly made mediocre managerial decisions, such decisions merely reflect the competitive business environment the financial services industry has grown accustomed to. When it comes down to it, the employees of Wells Fargo did what most individuals would do when faced with the terrifying reality of potential unemployment. In the fast paced, money driven, cut throat environment that is known as twenty first century Corporate America, the lines often blur in terms of ethical decision making. Wells Fargo deserves to receive the blame in this situation in order to demonstrate that the big business taking advantage of the individual is intolerable and that the consumer demands a change. Modification of organizational behavior,
The then CEO John Stumpf was forced to resign following insurmountable political and public pressure. Federal prosecutors also issued subpoenas and congressional hearings were held, for which then CEO John Stumpf attended. Additionally, on February 21, 2017, Wells Fargo terminated four high level executives involved in the scandalous news. The SEC’s investigation consists of warrants against bank executives for possible violations of GAAP principles and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for inaccurate accounting practices. The SEC will probe possible violations of employee whistleblowing protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Frank-Dodson Act. Lastly, the SEC will scrutinize any securities fraud that may have been committed as a result of withholding private information (insider trading) to investors due to possible accounting malpractice. Currently, the SEC and Department of Justice results are still pending the ongoing investigation. Tomi Kilgore of MarketWatch reported “Wells Fargo investigation into sales practices should be completed before the April 2017 shareholder meeting.” Likewise, Wells Fargo responded following the mandates of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency by opening
This is a cautionary tale of how corporate crime can cause severe harm. The shareholders were prevented by those perpetuating the fraud from selling while the stock was falling, while at the same time they moved their money out of the company. The final outcome was that the perpetrators being Jeff Schilling CEO, Ken Lay, and chief financial officer Andrew Fastow each received hefty sentences. According to CNN, Skilling was originally sentenced to 24 years, the longest sentence of any Enron perpetrator, and has been incarcerated in the federal prison system since his 2006 conviction. He had been facing a release date of Feb. 21, 2028,” (Smith). Ken Lay died before he could be sentenced and Andrew Fastow was released early as a result of a plea
When it comes to the Ethical Decision Model, it does not just pertain to the employees who opened these accounts but also leadership who either failed to realize what was going on or decided to sweep it under the rug by just covertly firing some employees. Wells Fargo did take the first step in recognizing the problem but failed to define it, which explains why these unethical behaviors continued for so many years. When the corporation was initially aware of what was going on, they should have acted immediately and strategized a solution that would dilute the possibility of it occurring again. Instead of defining the problem, which would have foster, a proper solution but company decided to just terminate
Summary judgment is appropriate when the moving party can show that there is no genuine issue of material fact and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Cecil v. Cardinal Drilling Co., 244 Mont. 405, 409, 797 P.2d 232, 234 (1990); Mont. R. Civ. P. 56(c). A material fact involves the elements of the cause of action or defenses at issue to an extent that necessitates resolution of the issue by a trier of fact. Arnold v. Yellowstone Mountain Club, LLC, 2004 MT 284, ¶ 15, 323 Mont. 295, 100 P.3d 137. The moving party has the initial burden of proving no genuine issue of fact. Once this is met, the burden shifts to the opposing party to present material evidence that is not “mere conclusory or speculative,”
When it comes to suspicious activity reporting included in Section 352 of the USAPATRIOT Act, “suspicious may not necessarily mean the same thing to all people”. “An activity that may seem suspicious to an auditor or examiner may not raise the same red flag with a community bank executive, or even another examiner”(Proctor, 2003, p.1). This causes a serious problem in the way institutions comply with the requirements of suspicious activity reporting. With that said, suspicious activity reporting forms the cornerstone of the anti-money laundering goals set out by the USAPATRIOT
It started business on July in San Francisco, California. In addition to bank activities, wells Fargo ran stagelines from 1866 to 1869 (Wells Fargo & Company) (Loomis). From 1960, many items made by others as souvenirs like Bowie knives, stagecoach plates, belt bucks, chest badges, and brass body tags. Also, you can found a silver bar stamped with Wells Fargo as souvenirs.no of those items were made by Wells Fargo but it made in 1970 for commemorative belt buckle. Wells Fargo were marked on some shotguns kept by some antique firearms collectors. Those arms were not marked by the central headquarter but by local
The article “In Wells Fargo Scandal, the Buck Stopped Well Short” by Susan Ochs examines the behavior of Wells Fargo in regards to the Carrie Tolstedt. Carrie Tolstedt was the Wells Fargo Community Banking senior vice president during the time where thousands of fraudulent accounts were created by employees who directly or indirectly reported to her.
In September of 2016 news broke out about the Wells Fargo scandal. Wells Fargo employees secretly opened millions of illegal fake credit cards and bank accounts for unknowing customers. According to How The Wells Fargo Phony Account Scandal Sunk John Stump, “Wells employees created more than 1.5 million unauthorized deposit accounts and issued more than 500,000 unauthorized credit card applications. These accounts racked up $2.6 million in fees for the bank.” These employees started making these fake accounts due to the companies aggressive sales goals. Wells Fargo wanted their employees to open eight accounts for each customer, which put a lot of pressure on the employees.
The company we know today as Wells Fargo began its’ long history in March of 1852 in New York City when Henry Wells and William G. Fargo joined with several other investors to start a shipping company. This was not the first time these two had worked together, however, or the first shipping company that these two men had been founders of. They were both pioneers in the Express industry and used these skill to open their own shipping and banking business.
On January 17, Wells Fargo had a huge billing glitch that messed with many people’s accounts. Wells Fargo is a financial services company headquartered in San Francisco. Wells Fargo double-charged an unknown number of customers due to a technical error. The glitch reportedly affects customers registered to pay their bills automatically online. Wells Fargo promised that they would refund any related fees or charges to their customers who received the glitch.
A system to check and balances the benefit of all the board of directors and to avoid some of top management from making decisions that only benefit themselves is created and named corporate governance. Corporate governance means the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. The set of rules provided as a guidelines for the board of directors to make sure that accountability and fairness in a company’s relationship with its stakeholders such as financiers, customers, management, employees, shareholders and also society in order to achieve company’s goals and targets in a manner that add a value to the company. All of the stakeholders play an important role in corporate governance to ensure that