Wells Fargo fined billions; Weinstein convicted of rape; and Putin’s Christmas cheer. These stories and more highlight Straight Arrow News’ midday rundown for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022.
Wells Fargo ordered to pay $3.7 billion
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wells Fargo’s illegal activity has impacted more than 16 million customers.
The bank has faced a number of penalties for its violations dating back to 2016, including illegal fees and interest on loans, as well as incorrectly applied overdraft fees.
Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Wells Fargo to pay its largest fine yet.
Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape
Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of rape in Los Angeles. The Hollywood producer, who faced a number of allegations during the #MeToo movement, was tried on seven charges and found guilty of three.
At 70 years old, Weinstein is currently serving out a 23-year prison sentence in New York, though it is being appealed.
“Given that there is now a possibility, although hopefully not a probability, that Mr. Weinstein’s convictions in New York could be reversed, the Los Angeles prosecution is very important. Even if the New York conviction remains intact, the women whom Harvey Weinstein victimized in Southern California deserved to have their day in court and I’m glad that they received that in this criminal case in Los Angeles,” attorney Gloria Allred said.
97-year-old convicted in 10,000 deaths
A 97-year-old woman has been convicted as an accessory to the murder of more than 10,500 people in German court.
As a teenager, Irmgard Furchner worked as a typist at a Nazi concentration camp called Stutthof. She worked there from 1943 to 1945, and she was alleged to help facilitate the killing of people imprisoned there.
When the trial began in September 2021, Furchner escaped from her retirement home and tried to skip it. However, the police found her. After her conviction, she was given a two-year suspended sentence.
Putin sends Santa to troops in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly sent Santa Claus to raise morale among Russian troops in Ukraine, according to RadarOnline. The man, dressed as Santa, traveled around Ukraine in an armored vehicle.
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SHANNON LONGWORTH: GOOD AFTERNOON, THANKS FOR BEING HERE THIS TUESDAY, I’M SHANNON LONGWORTH. A MAJOR BANK IS ORDERED TO HAND OVER $3.7 BILLION FOR BREAKING CONSUMER FINANCIAL LAWS. THIS IS YOUR MIDDAY RUNDOWN WITH THE TOP STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW.
WELLS FARGO ORDERED TO PAY $3.7 BILLION
THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU SAYS WELLS FARGO’S ILLEGAL ACTIVITY HAS AFFECTED MORE THAN 16 MILLION CUSTOMERS.
THE BANK HAS FACED A NUMBER OF PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS, WHICH DATE BACK TO 2016. THEY INCLUDE THINGS LIKE ILLEGAL FEES AND INTEREST ON LOANS, AS WELL AS INCORRECTLY APPLIED OVERDRAFT FEES.
NOW, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS ORDERING WELLS FARGO TO PAY ITS LARGEST FINE YET.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN CONVICTED OF RAPE
HARVEY WEINSTEIN HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF RAPE IN LOS ANGELES.
THE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER, WHO FACED A NUMBER OF ALLEGATIONS DURING THE #METOO MOVEMENT, WAS TRIED ON SEVEN CHARGES AND FOUND GUILTY OF THREE.
AT 70 YEARS OLD, WEINSTEIN IS CURRENTLY SERVING OUT A 23-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IN NEW YORK, THOUGH IT IS BEING APPEALED.
GLORIA ALLRED | ATTORNEY: “Given that there is now a possibility, although hopefully not a probability, that Mr. Weinstein’s convictions in New York could be reversed, the Los Angeles prosecution is very important. Even if the New York conviction remains intact, the women whom Harvey Weinstein victimized in Southern California deserved to have their day in court and I’m glad that they received that in this criminal case in Los Angeles.”
97-YEAR-OLD CONVICTED IN 10,000 DEATHS
LONGWORTH: A 97-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAS BEEN CONVICTED AS AN ACCESSORY TO THE MURDER OF MORE THAN 10,500 PEOPLE IN GERMAN COURT.
AS A TEENAGER, IRMGARD FURCHNER WORKED AS A TYPIST AT A NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP CALLED STUTTHOF.
SHE WORKED THERE FROM 1943 TO 1945, AND SHE WAS ALLEGED TO HELP FACILITATE THE KILLING OF PEOPLE IMPRISONED THERE.
WHEN THE TRIAL BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER 2021, FURCHNER ESCAPED FROM HER RETIREMENT HOME AND TRIED TO SKIP IT. HOWEVER, POLICE FOUND HER.
AFTER HER CONVICTION, SHE WAS GIVEN A TWO-YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE.
PUTIN SENDS SANTA TO TROOPS IN UKRAINE
AND FURTHER EAST, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS REPORTEDLY SENT SANTA CLAUS TO RAISE MORALE AMONG TROOPS IN UKRAINE…ACCORDING TO RADARONLINE.
THE MAN, DRESSED AS SANTA, TRAVELED AROUND UKRAINE IN AN ARMORED VEHICLE.
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