Wells Fargo ordered to pay $4 million for HELOC violations

Hell’s Fargo – so appropriate.

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Wells Fargo (WFC) will pay a $4 million penalty after an investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services found that a former affiliate of the bank falsified mortgage loan origination files, made loans to customers that were secured by an interest in the borrower’s home, and committed other infractions in violation of New York State law.

According to the NYDFS, beginning in 2006, Wells Fargo Financial Credit Services of New York issued a series of home equity lines of credit to New York borrowers under the product name “Nowline Visa Platinum Credit Card Accounts.” The cards allowed borrowers to make retail credit card purchases that were secured by an interest in the borrower’s home, which is against the law in New York.

“Our investigation uncovered that this Wells Fargo affiliate put borrowers’ homes on the line for routine credit card purchases – creating substantial and undue risks…

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