US: Innocent NJ man prosecuted for fraud

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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wells-fargo-customer-fraud_n_5ccb2153e4b0d123955021ce

Wells Fargo Botched A Fraud Inquiry. An Innocent Man Landed In Court.
State and local governments continue to rely on a bank that keeps finding new ways to lose credibility.

Jeff Edwards comes across almost like a caricature of a mild-mannered Christian do-gooder. Since 1989, he’s been a pastor at the United Methodist Church of Parsippany, New Jersey, where he delivers sermons, teaches Bible study and directs Christmas plays for a congregation of about 200....

So it was a shock to everyone ― including Edwards ― when the New Jersey State Police posted his photograph as a wanted man last July, accusing him of cashing forged checks at the local Wells Fargo...

The photograph was just the beginning of the nightmare. As his bank repeatedly mishandled simple steps in a routine fraud inquiry, Edwards eventually found himself in court, charged with a felony and facing three to five years in prison.

Edwards is now suing both the state police and Wells Fargo for “false arrest, malicious prosecution and humiliation of an innocent man.” He’s quick to emphasize that plenty of other people have suffered much graver indignities at the hands of the American criminal justice system than he has. But he still thinks his case reveals something frightening...

Edwards’ case involves a tremendous amount of misplaced credibility. Wells Fargo is a recidivist institution. It has admitted to defrauding people by the thousands, repeatedly, over the past two years. Nobody at the bank has been prosecuted for any of the infractions. Recently ousted CEO Tim Sloan made $18.4 million last year, $17.4 million the year before that and over $60.4 million at the bank before the fake account scandal broke...
 
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