Description: This is a review of wells-fargo-loan-tracker. The speaker is Yesenia Guitron, one of the first Wells Fargo employees to call attention to the bank’s sham credit account scandal, who delivered her speech and answered questions.
Our other Whistleblower artery is Yesenia Guitron, one of the first Wells Fargo employees to call attention to the bank’s sham credit account scandal.
As a new Wells Fargo teller in 2008 she noticed that employees were being pressured to create accounts that customers had not authorized. She reported in her conduct to human resources and to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf that they ignored her warnings.
They fired her in 2010 since Wells Fargo’s mystery came to light in 2013. Guitron has been publicly credited for sound in the early mornings. She has testified before Congress and in a criminal case against the bank. Who recognized her tonight with a James Madison award?
Before you clap there’s a lever here that comes from Durrell, witness. He says “two years ago the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists generously gave me a game’s Madison feat of information award for my work exposing corruption and oceans whistle blower protection program. I was unable to attend the awards dinner in person that year. I have not been able to return to the u.s. for the last three years. However tonight I want to apply the society making a similar award to Miss Yesenia Guitron who has tirelessly worked to expose consumer fraud and whistleblower abuse by Wells Fargo Bank to Seneca trot.”
We’ve got to look good for the pictures and post them later. I want to do a little something different with everyone. I’m good with numbers and numbers float around my head. But if everybody or as many people as, they can’t get their cell phones and help me do something.
So back in 2008 when I started working for Wells Fargo in st. Lina of the town of 5,000 people where we have 14 different banks. Wells Fargo expected each finger to open account. There were five bankers for the cleaner branch alone. If you do 5 times 8 equals 40. So the Brandon Singh Lina needed to open 40 accounts a day.
If you divide for the population of semolina 5000 people, if you divide 5000 divided by 40 that gives you 125 days. In 125 days every single person in same Felina would have had an account. I would have been out of job. Something didn’t register and I started noticing a big pattern. People are coming in and reporting that there are funky things happened into their accounts.
I did what I was told to do. My instructor told me if you notice something funny, report it. So I did. My manager Dan didn’t know anything. I called my trainer. He told me that I should go to my HR. I did. HR didn’t do anything but they let me call the Essex hotline. I did. I did it by phone. I did it by email. Nothing ever happened.
I don’t know what assessment to continue going because all the odds were stacked against me. Today I’m delighted to be here and I’m very grateful. This award is a big validation of the work that I’ve put in for the last 10 years.
I lost my job a little different from my counterpart. I didn’t win my case. My case happened in 2010 but now we all know that Wells Fargo has admitted to have opened all those fake accounts. They admitted 2013. I’m still fighting for a case. I hope that I get the opportunity to do something and continue to bring the awareness.
I also want to thank Derrick Curve for nominating me. I was very curious as to who had nominated me. Because I didn’t win the case and I got nobody. He said because he was a whistleblower himself and because I didn’t win. I’m very grateful.
I also want to acknowledge all the reporters and all the journalists. Without your help I couldn’t expose the case. I couldn’t spread the word the way that it has been spread. Thank you very much for that.
Special thanks to my family, my husband and my kids. Because they’ve been putting up with me with a lot of crazy stuff and a lot of very crazy last 10 years. I’m sure I’ve missed several people. Thank you everyone on table number one and thank you for everyone that’s here.
I need to get me one of those. Because they need one and you blew the whistle on them. Because you were being coerced to do things you thought were improper. Where’s it gone so far now? It’s been 10 years. This has happened. Incredibly my story is still alive because of people like yourself and all the journalists around here. It has taken all kinds of directions.
I never thought that my story in little San Malina is purple. It’s taking me all over the place. I’m grateful to be here today and if I had to do it again I would do it all over again.
A lot of workers were afraid to speak up because they were afraid they were going to lose their job. Is this a problem in our society where workers are afraid to speak up when they even see something that’s illegal and improper?
Definitely that’s a big problem for our society. People question whether to do the right thing or not because a lot of people are followers and they do what other people do or what other people tell them to do. Stick to your values. Stick to your morals and you’ll be fine.
Does it bother you that after all this time, the 5300 workers fired yourself being terminated harassed and bullied?
Wells Fargo Executive has been criminally investigated and prosecuted for this crime. That has been committed. It bothers me a lot and in fact that would be my wish that all these people get persecuted and criminalized. They get what they deserve and people have lost their homes. People of their bank accounts have been installed in.
If something had done a regular person, what would have happened to them?
They would have gone to jail. They should have all kind of crazy fines but not to the executives and not to the managers, original managers.
There’s a lot of impunity out there. It sounds like a double standard. These people seem to be above the law. A worker such as yourself who say we’ve got to stand up for the law for the protection of the work of the people banking Wells Fargo, you’re the one that gets punished and and these people are not brought held accountable and brought accountable. What do you think is going to change in this story?
My wish is for the bank regulators to do their job and look through magnifying glass at everything. Wells Fargo talks about honor insurance, the mortgage world, the credit cards, the identity theft, the bank accounts or what else. They need to take action. I want and invite all the people in the bank regulation Department to do their job.
We have a new administration when you were fired. It was under President Obama. We now have President Trump and Jeff Sessions of who’s running the Justice Department. What do you want to say to them?
About what has happened unfortunately and sadly, I think that the current administration is too busy handling other type of scandals, personal affairs and things of that nature. Those should be put aside address handled. So that we can focus on real issues, your issue, what happened to the workers in Wells Fargo and what happened to the people who were basically stolen. That fraud committed against them. That should be handled by the US government.