made this claim: “Some of the most damaging behavior on Wall Street … wasn’t illegal,” he told Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes in December 2011.
The president might want to take this up with David Adier, who says
he was victimized by Wells Fargo breaking and entering into his family’s
home in Morris Township, New Jersey, and then committing property
damage and theft. Burglary is a felony subject to prison time — if
anybody but a bank does it.
Adier’s case is doubly disturbing because of what was taken: items
his father retrieved from his family’s apartment in France before
fleeing the Nazis in 1940, including a Kiddush cup, a Seder plate and a
sewing machine used by his grandmother.
Adier has since filed suit against Wells Fargo. According to the
complaint, Wells Fargo’s contractors deemed the house abandoned, despite
explicit instructions that it was not. The house had been in Adier’s
family for 40 years, Adier and his sister had grown up there, and
Adier’s father had lived there until his death in August 2012. According
to Adier, who lives 30 miles away in Bayonne, he missed two payments on
the home’s mortgage over the next several months due to troubles with
his small business. On November 29, 2012, Wells Fargo’s contractors
illegally broke in for the first time.
“I feel like they ripped my family history from me,” said Adier.
“This was the house I grew up in, where I had nothing but great family
memories. They’ve taken away my life, my childhood, my sense of