It’s 2015 and Wells Fargo & Friends are still robbing homeowners every way they can. So much about the way these banks treat mortgage borrowers has not changed since I started writing about the topic back in 2009 as the foreclosure feeding frenzy was starting to get out of control.
Seems I can just dust off blog posts from several years ago, update the links and re-run them as relevant to what’s still happening.
I wrote a tongue-in-cheek Warning to Wells Fargo’s Burglars in early 2011 when I was still had hope my diligence would win me a mortgage loan modification. But six months later, fully understanding the banksters were rampaging unchecked and honestly fearing to leave my home unattended to go out of town even overnight, I took a more serious tone. “Bank Robbers” Takes on New Meaning
Nothing is sacred to these people, either the bank executives or the companies they hire to “trash out” foreclosed (or not) homes. Consider this case, which is just hitting the courts nearly three years after the incident:
Big surprise. The bank robbers are still sending in their minions to steal from people.
March 2015: Bank ‘breaks into man’s home,’ won’t say why
A former Chicago police officer, Mike Tomasovich, filed a lawsuit claiming that his own mortgage bank, Fifth Third Bank, sent contractors to break into his Estero, Florida, home via a drill through the door lock.
The two intruders then posted a note on the front window that could be read from the outside that warned the residence had been “found to be unsecure or vacant,” the Fort Myers News-Press reported.
Tomasovich, who splits his time between Chicago and Estero, said he’s kept up with payments and has never been in foreclosure. Lee County public records confirm that, the newspaper reported.
“There was food in the refrigerator, a car in the garage,” he told the paper. “Every room is furnished. The electricity was on, the pool was crystal clear.”
And when it becomes clear to them that they’ve made a colossal mistake and screwed up the life of some completely innocent person, do they apologize abjectly and work tirelessly to right their wrong? Not exactly.
But the bank has balked at paying the $18,000 Barnett is asking for.
“(They) demanded that I had receipts for all my stuff that they threw away,” Barnett said. “And I said, ‘Well, you know first of all, I don’t have receipts for all of my stuff. I wasn’t expecting a bank to come and to accidentally repossess my house and throw it all away. And second, if I did, where do you think it would be? In my house with all my belongings?’”
She said that everything from clothes to patio furniture to pool supplies was disposed of.
“This is the basketball hoop. They actually gave it to one of our neighbors, and the neighbors ended up giving it back to us. That is the only thing we’ve gotten back.
I actually ran across several references to banks trashing out the wrong house and then demanding devastated homeowners produce receipts in order to have their belongings replaced. Any normal human being working at a bank would think, “Wait, that’s not logical. I don’t keep the receipts for every single thing I buy. That would be CRAZY.”
But the poor bankster-brainwashed automatons in the phone queues certainly aren’t paid to think (but they are paid to provide an impenetrable firewall between the great unwashed public and the exalted executives.) They’re just paid to do their master’s bidding. Like the people who are still still stealing from homeowners at the behest of Wells Fargo and its bank-robber buddies.