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Wells Fargo accused in lawsuit of endangering Minnesota family in witness protection

The family is suing the bank.

A mother and daughter is suing Wells Fargo for allegedly putting them at risk of discovery as they a hid from a man who had threatened their lives.

The southern Minnesota pair had been placed in witness protection after the daughter, now 20 years old, had been sexually assaulted by a man who then threatened to kill her before she could testify.

But mailings from Wells Fargo began bearing the mother's name started arriving at their supposedly secret address shortly after she applied for a mortgage in November 2016 – four months after the assault.

According to a lawsuit filed in Blue Earth County, mailers from other companies started arriving as well, suggesting Wells Fargo had sold their information to a third party.

The Star Tribune has more details on this story, which you can find here

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Listed alongside Wells Fargo as a defendant in the filing is Nathan Olsen, a mortgage banker for Wells Fargo in Mankato.

In a statement to BMTN, Wells Fargo said: "We are aware of the complaint and cannot comment further at this time."

It could be another PR disaster for Wells Fargo, which continues to struggle to regain customer trust following the fraud scandal in which thousands of workers opened fake accounts in their customers' names in order to meet sales targets.

This past fall Wells Fargo was ranked as the least trusted out of 22 major banks, and also last year it was designated the least trusted company in America, as reported by the Washington Post.

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