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Wells Fargo fined $3.6M over student loan practices

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Wells Fargo must reform its practices and pay a $3.6 million fine for actions that federal consumer protection officials say misled student loan borrowers and resulted in some paying unnecessary fees.

In the order filed Monday leveling the penalty, theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau said the bank acted illegally, charging on-time payers with late fees, failed to inform borrowers of steps they could take to minimize fees and left credit report errors uncorrected.

“Wells Fargo hit borrowers with illegal fees and deprived others of critical information needed to effectively manage their student loan accounts,” bureau Director Richard Cordray said in a statement. “Consumers should be able to rely on their servicer to process and credit payments correctly and to provide accurate and timely information.’’

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