Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1 billion to settle allegations from multiple regulators it engaged in lending abuses in its auto insurance and home loan businesses.
The settlement was announced Friday with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Last week, Wells reported a profit of $5.9 billion for the first quarter but said that number could change if it has to restate earnings once the settlement is reached.
The San Francisco bank, the nation’s third-largest, has been struggling to come back from a fake accounts scandal that surfaced in 2016. Branch employees, under pressure to meet aggressive sales targets, had opened millions of fake accounts in customers’ names without their knowledge.
The Federal Reserve restricted Wells Fargo’s loan growth until it makes several internal changes to its risk management.