Prepared Remarks of Richard Cordray Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the Wells Fargo Enforcement Action Press Call
Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is joining our partners at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in taking an enforcement action against Wells Fargo Bank. Our investigations found that employees of the bank created unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts across the country in order to collect financial bonuses for themselves. The Bureau itself is levying a fine of $100 million against Wells Fargo for this widespread practice. All told, the bank will pay $185 million in fines for the illegal actions of these employees.