Wells Fargo illegally repossessed another 450 service participants’ cars

Wells Fargo possesses uncovered another 450 service customers who had their automobiles illegally repossessed by the lender. That brings the full total to more than 860.

The Department of Justice on Tuesday said Wells Fargo agreed to pay an additional $5.4 million for the against the law vehicle seizures.

Federal government law requires banks to obtain a court order before repossessing an automobile from customers of the military. The DOJ previously charged Wells Fargo in September 2016 with illegally seizing 413 cars owned by service customers.

As part of funds reached this past year, Wells Fargo has “recognized additional violations” that affected about 450 service customers between January 2008 and July 2015, based on the DOJ.

Wells Fargo (WFC) possesses agreed to repair the credit rating of the service customers also to pay each $10,000, plus any shed equity in the vehicle, with interest.

“Losing an automobile via an unlawful repossession while serving our country is a problem provider members should not have to confront,” Sandra Dark brown, acting USA Attorney, explained in a statement.

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Wells Fargo said found in a statement that it’s focused on “ensuring all provider member customers have the protections and rewards open to them.” The lender said it’s along the way of notifying and refunding impacted buyers.

Dennis Singleton discovered that Wells Fargo had repossessed his car found in 2013 just seeing as he was getting ready to go to Afghanistan.

“We said, ‘Hey, they can’t do this!'” Singleton told CNNMoney this past year. “Honestly, I simply think it sucks.”

Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, courts have to sign off on automobile repossessions if the provider member took out the loan and built a payment prior to entering military service.

Wells Fargo and its own troubled auto lending division are no stranger to legal problems. Wells Fargo possesses admitted to charging as many as 570,000 buyers since 2012 for auto insurance they didn’t need. The lender estimates that about 20,000 of those customers may have had their cars repossessed consequently of their inability to pay for the additional auto insurance.

Wells Fargo recently said one former employee possesses alleged “retaliation for raising concerns” about the bank’s auto lending tactics.

All this is on top of Wells Fargo’s infamous fake profile scandal. Wells Fargo recently elevated its estimate of the amount of unauthorized accounts its employees opened to 3.5 million.

–CNNMoney’s Jackie Wattles and Aaron Smith contributed to this report.

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