Monthly Archives: March 2017

OCC Downgrades Wells Fargo to ‘Needs to Improve’ in Latest CRA Exam

On March 28, 2017, Wells Fargo & Co announced (Bloomberg, March 28, 2017) that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) downgraded the firm in its assessment of the firm’s performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Under CRA, depository institutions are evaluated to determine their responsiveness in meeting the needs of low- [...]

March 30th, 2017|

FRB Announces Enforcement Action with Santander

On March 23, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced an enforcement action with Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and its majority-owned subsidiary, Santander Consumer USA, Inc. This action will require Santander to strengthen its compliance risk management program and improve the oversight by the Board and senior management of the lender’s subprime auto-lending unit. While [...]

March 24th, 2017|

CFPB Announces $1.75 Million Penalty Against Nationstar for HMDA Violations

As eluded to last week in a disclosure via a financial report filing, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) formally announced a penalty against Nationstar Mortgage for violations under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The CFPB’s order requires that Nationstar: pay a record $1.75 million penalty for the alleged HMDA violations; fix HMDA reporting [...]

March 16th, 2017|

HUD Sanctions Illinois Bank for Fair Lending Violations

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Friday, March 9th, that it has reached an agreement with Alpine Bank & Trust resolving allegations that the Northern Illinois-based lender discriminated against African American and Hispanic mortgage applicants. The agreement stems from a complaint filed with HUD by HOPE Fair Housing Center of Wheaton, Illinois, [...]

March 13th, 2017|

Nationstar Mortgage Discloses Fine for HMDA Violations

Nationstar Mortgage disclosed (HousingWire, March 9, 2017) that it is facing a potential fine related to violations under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The disclosure, made in its 2016 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, acknowledges that it is currently in negotiations with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the payment amount for [...]

March 10th, 2017|

West Virginia Community Bank to forfeit $1.36M for BSA violations

On March 1, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a forfeiture action on First National Bank of Williamson in the amount of $1.36 million related to violations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The action concerned structuring transactions that occurred between April 2006 and November 2008. The subject customer admitted in court that the [...]

March 9th, 2017|