A South Florida couple claims that Wells Fargo engaged in fraud when it accepted thousands of dollars in exchange for a promise of a permanent loan modification, which was never delivered. The Federal lawsuit centers on the issue of a “Trial Period Plan.”
After falling on hard times, the couple received an offer from Wells Fargo called a Trial Period Plan. The letter began by stating, “”Wells Fargo Home Mortgage wants to continue to work with you to modify your mortgage.” According to the letter, the family “must make new monthly ‘trial period payments’ in place of (their) normal monthly mortgage payments” at a little more than $2,000 and “after all trial period payments are made, (their) mortgage will be permanently modified.”
After making three payments, and several more, Wells Fargo worked to reschedule the foreclosure sale and no permanent loan modification was granted. “It felt like the rug got pulled out from under us. Because of the fact that we’ve given them everything and they still said, ‘No, you’re denied.’ It was very frustrating. Because you’re going through this modification process, you’re doing what the bank asks you to do because we’re told to trust the bank,” the family said.
The family’s attorney is accusing Wells Fargo of misleading the couple with broken promises, acting maliciously, and breach of contract. They are seeking injunctive relief to protect the ownership and title of their home and $75,000 in damages.
The lawsuit also alleges that Wells Fargo had “no intention of offering such permanent loan modification … by inducing Plaintiffs into making thousands of dollars of additional payment (that could not otherwise be collected) with the false promise of a loan modification Defendants, Wells Fargo, can collect more from the distressed homeowner, than the $4,000 maximum incentive payment collected under Defendant, Freddie Mac, loan modification program.”
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