Thursday, October 13, 2016

I received a call yesterday from the following two Department of Labor personnel

Megan E. Guenther, Counsel for Whistleblower Programs
Division of Fair Labor Standards [FLS]
Deputy Solicitor for National Operations
United States Department of Labor [DOL]

Mary Ann Howe, CFE
Assistant Regional Administrator
Region V Whistleblower Protection Program
US. Department of Labor, OSHA
A "top-to-bottom review of cases, complaints, or violations" was ordered by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in late September, 2016, which will include a review of "the entire docket" of open and closed whistleblower complaints against Wells Fargo since 2010.
Mary Ann and Megan aren't really doing a top to bottom review to fix anything already broken.

They are doing a review to be better in the future.
On September 27 and 28th, 2016, CNN's Matt Egan and Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto's Mary Jane Wilmoth reported;

"The U.S. Labor Department is reviewing both open and closed whistleblower complaints against Wells Fargo amid allegations that the bank retaliated against employees who called the ethics line. The request for an investigation came as a result of the recent revelation that Wells Fargo employees had created millions of phony accounts...

OSHA has received "a number of" whistleblower complaints from Wells Fargo employees over the past five years, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said... Nearly a half-dozen former Wells Fargo employees told CNNMoney exclusively they were fired after trying to put a stop to these practices by calling the ethics line.

...Senator Warren stated, "I'm glad DOL is initiating a prompt and thorough agency-wide review of all cases, complaints, and violations implicating Wells Fargo over the past several years to determine whether the agency should bring additional claims against the bank. Every other federal agency with jurisdiction in this matter should follow DOL's lead and promptly determine whether Wells Fargo and its senior executives should be prosecuted or otherwise sanctioned."
The "agency" isn't looking to bring additional claims, per Mary Ann and Megan.

It sounded good, but the whistleblowers who got shafted are to remain so.
Safety Save

Getting closer; "Wells Fargo sales scandal extends to brokerage unit: US senators"

Just in case...

We are supposed to meet in early November

NPR's Chris Arnold; "Former Wells Fargo Employees Join Class Action Lawsuit"

Awesome; "Former Federal Investigator Says Government Didn't Investigate Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases"

North Carolina's Consumer Protection Division doesn't really care about helping Wells Fargo's clients

Warren 'News and Record owner' "Buffett made billions amid Wells Fargo fraud" with the help of Allen Johnson and Amanda Lehmert among others

The CFPB didn't do anything about Wells Fargo until the LA Times did

I received a call yesterday from the following two Department of Labor personnel

Dear George Hartzman,

For a meeting with Congressman Mark Walker's office at 10:00 this morning, just in case...

John Stumpf's Sarbanes Oxley Securities Fraud at Wells Fargo

How Wells Fargo Board Whistleblower Communications didn't get to the board's ethics committee

"Wells Fargo Whistleblower Claims Get New Scrutiny in Labor Review"

From the comments; "Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has got to resign now"

Wells Fargo Securities Fraud and Insider Trading

Wells Fargo FORM 10-Q QUARTERLY REPORT, 11 — Legal Actions = No mention of Hartzman surviving a motion to dismiss

Dear Andrew Brod and friends who know who they are; "Wells Fargo's community banking exec reportedly leaving with $124.6 million"