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JPMorgan Former Employee Whistleblower Complaint to SEC

19 Dec

Chase Bank credit card accounts handled fraudulently says former employee…
JP Morgan seems to be hitting a wall in several areas – from silver shorting to bad handling of credit card accounts – shredding documents, robo-signers; wrong amounts owed listed, sales of bogus accounts to investors… hmmmm just not a good month for Chase it seems.
Daily Finance Resports:

Chase Hit With SEC Whistleblower Complaint Over Credit Card Practices

By ABIGAIL FIELD

Linda Almonte, a former employee of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) who is suing the bank for wrongful termination, has just upped the ante: She has now also filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The core allegations add context to her lawsuit, and they charge Chase with grotesque and illegal practices involving its credit card debt processes, including robo-signing. Chase denies her claims.

Almonte’s allegations are detailed in the Nov. 30 letter sent to the SEC. In the letter, she says:

1. Chase Bank sold to third party debt buyers hundreds of millions of dollars worth of credit card accounts. . .when in fact Chase Bank executives knew that many of those accounts had incorrect and overstated balances.

3. Chase Bank executives routinely destroyed information and communications from consumers rather than incorporate that information into the consumer’s credit card file, including bankruptcy notices, powers of attorney, notice of cancellation of auto-pay, proof of payments and letters from debt settlement companies.

4. Chase Bank executives mass-executed thousands of affidavits in support of Chase Banks collection efforts and those Chase Bank executives did not have personal knowledge of the facts set forth in the affidavits.

5. When senior Chase Bank executives were made aware of these systemic problems, senior Chase Bank executives — rather than remedy the problems — immediately fired the whistleblower and attempted to cover up these problems.

When I reached Almonte’s lawyer, George Pressly, for comment, he was shocked that I had the letter because it was supposed to be confidential. While Pressly was willing to confirm Almonte was a client, beyond that he had no comment. Pressly, who was clearly trying to figure out how to handle the letter’s disclosure, said he was suddenly getting a “firestorm” of calls and seemed unprepared for the onslaught. While he has filed many SEC complaints before — he operates the website http://www.secwhistleblowerprogram.org/, which is how Almonte found him — her letter is the first one he’s filed that went public.

The bank, through spokesman Paul Harwick, says “Chase is aggressively defending itself against the allegations made by this former employee. We have thoroughly researched these allegations and are confident that the sales of these loans were handled properly. We have strong internal controls and processes for managing credit card debt-sales transactions.”

The SEC says it never comments on such letters.

In the letter, Almonte’s lawyer explains the reason she contacted the SEC: “Her disclosures may bring into question Chase Bank’s representations regarding Chase Bank’s own securities but may also bear on certain asset-backed securities where the underlying assets are Chase Bank credit card accounts.”

Almonte’s Evidence

To support her claims, Almonte says she has “a large volume of documents in her possession available for review by the SEC” and offers her first-hand observations as well.

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