Whistleblower sues Wells Fargo amid accounts scandal

SAN FRANCISCO — A former branch manager for Wells Fargo has filed a federal lawsuit against the embattled bank, claiming that supervisors harassed her after she had alerted them to improper sales and account activity by employees.

Diana Duenas-Brown, who worked for Wells Fargo for 14 years, including 11 as a branch manager in a Sonoma County community, reported at least 25 instances of illegal or improper sales activity by employees in the bank district where she worked, according to the federal lawsuit.

“This case presents a classic example of whistleblower retaliation,” Duenas-Brown stated in the lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 9. The former branch manager told her supervisor of “fraudulent, illegal, and deceptive practices against Wells Fargo customers,” according to the litigation.

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