Yesterday, Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) – America’s third-largest bank by assets and one of the “Big Six” too big to fail banks – got hit with a $190 million fine from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
This isn’t surprising. In fact, big banks get hit with hefty fines for shady activity all the time.
But yesterday’s judgment against Wells Fargo is different. And the reason why is downright disturbing.
What happened at Wells Fargo is an indication that the corrupt culture of big banksters is so pervasive that it infects everyone, from the billionaires at the top all the way down to salespeople on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder.
Today, I want to take a close look at Wells Fargo’s latest misstep, and contrast it with some other big bank skullduggery to show you just how different this scheme is than what we’ve seen in the past – and what that’s a problem.