A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his ex-employer, stating that he was used as a scapegoat when the lender was called to task for improper practices.
The Los Angeles Times reports
that David Eghbali, who worked in Wells Fargo’s Beverly Hills location, is claiming that the bank fired him as part of an effort to divert federal investigators away from “Wells Fargo's own predatory mortgage pricing policies.” Eghbali, who stated that he attempted to protect his customers from improper fees charged by Wells Fargo, was also fined $85,000 by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and given a one-year ban from the mortgage industry.
Eghbali said that he attempted to inform the CFPB about the wider practice of improper fees at the bank, but that the regulator ignored him and was "misled by Wells Fargo's one-sided account." A CFPB spokesman said Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is "interested in getting to the bottom of what happened in this matter."
Eghbali filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and is seeking $25 million in damages.