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Wells Fargo fires over 100 employees for COVID-19 relief fund misuse: Source

  • Imani Moise and C Nivedita

    Reuters

New York/Bengaluru   /   Thu, October 15, 2020   /   10:49 am
Wells Fargo fires over 100 employees for COVID-19 relief fund misuse: Source FILE PHOTO: A U.S. dollar banknote is pictured behind a protective mask, which is widely used as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19), in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. (REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak/File Photo)

Wells Fargo & Co has fired about 100 to 125 employees for unethically availing themselves of coronavirus relief funds, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The bank believes some of its staffers made “false representations in applying for coronavirus relief funds for themselves”, defrauding the US Small Business Administration, David Galloreese, head of Human Resources, said in an internal memo seen by Reuters.

The abuse was tied to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and outside the employees’ roles at the bank, the memo said, adding Wells Fargo will cooperate fully with law enforcement.

“These wrongful actions were personal actions, and do not involve our customers.”

Bloomberg first reported the news earlier in the day.

Last month, JPMorgan Chase & Co dismissed several employees who allegedly misused funds that were supposed to help businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Times reported. ‚Äč