Posts Tagged: ‘Citibank’

Student Loan Borrowers Awarded $3.75 Million from Citibank

November 29, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a consent order that Citibank improperly misled borrowers into believing they were ineligible for a tax deduction on interest they paid on certain student loans.  Student loan borrowers who were effected, will share $3.75 million in payments from Citibank for financial practices that forced them to make overpayments, a federal watchdog said this week.

In addition, the bank incorrectly charged late fees and extra interest to borrowers who were still in school and eligible to defer repayments on their student loans.  Citibank also misled borrowers about their monthly bills and failed to disclose required information after the bank denied borrower requests to release loan co-signers.

“Citibank’s servicing failures made it more costly and confusing for borrowers trying to pay back their student loans,” Richard Cordray, the consumer bureau’s director, said in a statement issued with the announcement.

Federal law allows student loan borrowers to deduct as much as $2,500 in annual interest they pay on student loan debt. However, Citibank made statements that suggested the borrowers had not paid qualified interest or were ineligible for the deductions.

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Citibank Ordered to Stop Collections on $34 Million in Credit Card Debt, Fined $8 Million

March 1, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Citibank $8 million last week for allegedly selling credit card debt with inflated interest rates and failing to send consumers’ payments to debt buyers. The credit card giant has also agreed to stop collections on $34 million in credit card debt held by nearly 7,000 consumers.

The CFPB said that Citibank hired two debt collection law firms, Faloni & Associates, LLC, and Solomon & Solomon, P.C., who reportedly altered affidavits filed in New Jersey debt collection lawsuits. Both firms are accused of changing either the dates of the affidavits or the amount owed; in some cases both, after they were executed, which is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  Citibank claims the agency first learned of violations in 2011 and stopped referring new credit card accounts to it.

In a separate action, the CFPB ordered Citibank to refund $11 million to consumers who were affected by the alleged altered affidavits and nearly $5 million to approximately 2,100 consumers who were affected by the inflated APRs. Citibank has complied and has already issued refunds. Citibank did not admit or deny any of the CFPB’s allegations as part of the enforcement actions.

Fair debt collection practices have been a focus for the CFPB in recent years. Both JPMorgan Chase and American Express have been fined millions for illegal debt collection practices involving credit card debt.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a press release, “Citibank sent inaccurate information to buyers when it sold off credit card debt and it also used law firms that altered court documents. Today’s action provides redress to consumers who were victimized by slipshod practices as part of our ongoing work to fight abuses in the debt collection market.”

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Related Resources:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/02/24/citibank-will-stop-collecting-34-million-in-credit-card-debt.html

http://www.americanbanker.com/news/law-regulation/cfpb-fines-citibank-8m-over-debt-collections-1079533-1.html