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Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $108 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower case alleging the bank cheated military veterans and taxpayers by charging hidden, illegal fees in veterans’ home mortgage refinancing transactions. This settlement brings the total recovery to taxpayers from this case to $275.7 million.

About the Whistleblower Statute

In 1863 to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War, Congress passed the Whistleblower or Qui Tam statute. It was not until 1986 before Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute and renamed it to the False Claims Act (FCA). It became the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.

The Law Protects and Rewards a Whistleblower

Whistleblower Lawsuit Supreme Court 300x220When a knowledgeable attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm files a False Claims Act lawsuit, he or she files it under a seal. This means it is completely confidential. There is also a full disclosure statement in the suit, which details the evidence collected by a whistleblower.
After we file your suit, the Department of Justice will review the evidence before deciding to step in and decide if they want to prosecute the case. The government’s fraud investigator will work closely with you, the whistleblower to identify all responsible for the fraud.
You could be entitled to 15-30% of the funds recovered. In order to receive the reward, you must be the first one to file a case under the False Claims Act. This is why it is key to pick an experienced attorney to work quickly to get your compensation.

Wells Fargo Fraud

Wells Fargo, the third-largest U.S. bank,  should have never used its Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans as eligible for guarantees under a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs loan guaranty program. This allowed veterans with existing Veterans Administration loans on their homes to refinance the loans so they can take advantage of lower interest rates.
Six banks previously settled similar charges against them in the same “qui tam” (whistleblower) lawsuit in 2010. They are JPMorgan Chase ($45 million), Countrywide Home Loans Inc. ($45 million), PNC Bank ($38 million), First Tennessee Bank ($16 million), SunTrust Mortgage ($10.2 million) and CitiMortgage ($7.5 million).

Premier Complex Litigation Attorneys

Money 300x273The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has successfully represented thousands of consumers and recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Our team of attorneys has been recognized as some of the most experienced and successful in the country. Our award-winning staff is also sought after for our knowledge on complex litigation, scientific evidence development, negotiation strategies and trial tactics.
Most of all, our law office is resourceful and dedicated to pursuing any compensation you are due. Because of this, we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees.  We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.
Therefore, if you believe you have uncovered evidence of fraud involving a government-funded program, contact us today. Our attorneys have represented many clients in the past with complex cases. We will work tirelessly to obtain results on your behalf.

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