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CFPB Takes Action Against M&T Bank for Deceptively Advertising Free Checking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against M&T Bank for deceptively advertising free checking accounts. The CFPB found that M&T lured in consumers with promises of “no strings attached” free checking, without disclosing key eligibility requirements. When consumers failed to meet the requirements, M&T automatically switched them to checking accounts with fees. M&T will provide $2.9 million in refunds to the approximately 59,000 consumers deceived into paying fees and it will pay a $200,000 penalty for the violations.


CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Kickback Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Lighthouse Title, a Michigan title insurance agency, to pay $200,000 for illegal quid pro quo referral agreements.


Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the Flagstar Enforcement Action Press Call

By Richard Cordray

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking its first enforcement action under the Bureau’s new mortgage servicing rules. We are entering an order against Michigan-based Flagstar Bank for violating those rules by failing borrowers and illegally blocking them from trying to save their homes. Flagstar took excessive time to process borrowers’ applications, did not tell them when their applications were incomplete, denied loan modifications to qualified borrowers, and illegally delayed finalizing permanent loan modifications. These unlawful practices caused many consumers to lose the homes they had been trying to save. That is wrong and it is unacceptable.

CFPB Takes Action Against Flagstar Bank for Violating New Mortgage Servicing Rules

Washington, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Michigan-based Flagstar Bank for violating the CFPB’s new mortgage servicing rules by illegally blocking borrowers’ attempts to save their homes. At every step in the foreclosure relief process, Flagstar failed borrowers. The bank took excessive time to process borrowers’ applications for foreclosure relief, failed to tell borrowers when their applications were incomplete, denied loan modifications to qualified borrowers, and illegally delayed finalizing permanent loan modifications. The CFPB is ordering Flagstar to halt its illegal activities, pay $27.5 million to victims, and pay a $10 million fine.


CFPB Orders U.S. Bank to Pay $48 Million Refund to Consumers Illegally Billed for Services Not Received

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ordering U.S. Bank to provide an estimated $48 million in relief to consumers harmed by illegal billing practices. U.S. Bank consumers were unfairly charged for certain identity protection and credit monitoring services that they did not receive. These services were sold as “add-on products” for credit cards and other bank products such as mortgage loans and checking accounts. U.S. Bank will pay a $5 million civil money penalty to the CFPB and a $4 million penalty to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).


CFPB Sues Online Payday Lender for Cash-Grab Scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its action to halt the operations of an online payday lender, the Hydra Group, which it believes is running an illegal cash-grab scam. The lawsuit alleges that the Hydra Group uses information bought from online lead generators to access consumers’ checking accounts to illegally deposit payday loans and withdraw fees without consent.


Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the Corinthian Enforcement Action Press Call

By Richard Cordray

oday we are taking a public enforcement action against Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit chain of colleges, to put an end to its illegal predatory lending scheme. We believe Corinthian lured in consumers with lies about their job prospects upon graduation, sold high-cost loans to pay for that false hope, and then harassed students for overdue debts while they were still in school.


CFPB Takes Action Against Global Client Solutions for Processing Illegal Debt-Settlement Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against Global Client Solutions, a leading debt-settlement payment processor, for allegedly helping other companies to collect tens of millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees from consumers. The Bureau has asked a federal district court to approve a consent order that would require the company and its two owners to halt all illegal activities and to pay over $6 million in relief to consumers as well as a $1 million civil penalty.


Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the First Investors Press Call

By Richard Cordray

Thank you for joining us. Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking action against an auto finance company that distorted consumer credit records for years. Texas-based First Investors Financial Services Group systemically provided information to credit reporting agencies that it knew was inaccurate, potentially harming tens of thousands of customers. Today we are ordering the company to pay a $2.75 million fine, fix the mistakes it has caused, and change the way it does business.

CFPB Takes Action Against Auto Finance Company for Distorting Borrower Credit Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking action against an auto finance company that distorted consumer credit records for years. Texas-based First Investors Financial Services Group Inc., which lends primarily to subprime borrowers, failed to fix known flaws in a computer system that was providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies. This potentially harmed tens of thousands of its customers. Today the CFPB is ordering First Investors to pay a $2.75 million fine, fix its errors, and change its business practices.


CFPB Shuts Down USA Discounters’ Servicemember Fee Scam

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today put an end to a servicemember fee scam run by USA Discounters, Ltd., a company that operates a chain of retail stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases. USA Discounters tricked thousands of servicemembers into paying fees for legal protections servicemembers already had and for certain services that the company failed to provide. The CFPB has obtained more than $350,000 in refunds for servicemembers harmed by this scam, and USA Discounters will pay an additional $50,000 civil penalty.


CFPB Orders Amerisave To Pay $19.3 Million For Bait-And-Switch Mortgage Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate, Novo Appraisal Management Company, and the owner of both companies, Patrick Markert, for engaging in a deceptive bait-and-switch mortgage-lending scheme that harmed tens of thousands of consumers. The Bureau found that Amerisave lured consumers by advertising misleading interest rates, locked them in with costly up-front fees, failed to honor its advertised rates, and then illegally overcharged them for affiliated “third-party” services. Amerisave and Novo will provide $14.8 million in refunds to harmed consumers and pay a $4.5 million penalty. Patrick Markert, as an individual, will pay an additional $1.5 million penalty.


CFPB and 13 State Attorneys General Obtain About $92 Million in Debt Relief for Servicemembers Harmed by Predatory Lending Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and 13 state attorneys general obtained approximately $92 million in debt relief from Colfax Capital Corporation and Culver Capital, LLC, also collectively known as “Rome Finance,” for about 17,000 U.S. servicemembers and other consumers harmed by the company’s predatory lending scheme. Rome Finance lured consumers with the promise of no money down and instant financing. Rome Finance then masked expensive finance charges by artificially inflating the disclosed price of the consumer goods being sold. Rome Finance also withheld information on billing statements and illegally collected on loans that were void. Rome Finance and two of its owners are permanently banned from consumer lending.


Prepared Remarks of CFPB Deputy Director Steve Antonakes on the MARS Enforcement Action Press Call

By Richard Cordray

Thank you for joining us on the call today and my thanks to Katie Fallow at the FTC for her and her staff’s hard work on this issue. Today, both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission are announcing recent action we’ve taken against companies and individuals that took advantage of underwater homeowners looking for foreclosure relief.