A Dumpster-diving excursion in Virginia has led to the breakup of the controversial partnership from a nationwide bank and a payday lender.
Any office regarding the Comptroller regarding the Currency said Tuesday that Goleta nationwide Bank in Ca had consented to end by Dec. 31 its 2-year-old partnership with Ace money Express Inc., an Irving, Tex., payday lender. The contract spared Goleta the risk of disciplinary action; the OCC has made no key of national banks to its displeasure’ “renting” their charters to payday loan providers. [See OCC News Release Annoucing Agreement]
The pact came into being 8 weeks following a passerby hunting for boxes discovered 641 client loan files in a trash bin behind an Ace workplace in Portsmouth, Va. Comptroller John D. Hawke Jr. said the discarded files, which represented loans continued Goleta’s publications, exemplified the risks banking institutions face whenever partnering with third-party payday-lenders.
“Ace’s inability to guard the files of clients whose loans had been brokered at Goleta show so just how dangerous those relationships may be,” Mr. Hawke stated. “If those files had dropped to the incorrect fingers, the privacy of clients might have been seriously compromised and also the bank could have faced significant reputation and appropriate dangers.”