Calif. at­tor­ney gen­eral leads crim­i­nal probe of Wells Fargo

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SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ka­mala Har­ris is con­duct­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether em­ploy­ees at San Fran­cisco-based Wells Fargo bank com­mit­ted false im­per­son­ation and iden­tity theft in the sales prac­tices scan­dal that rocked the bank and cost its CEO his job, doc­u­ments re­leased Wed­nes­day show.

A search war­rant and sup­port­ing af­fi­davit re- leased by the state De­part­ment of Jus­tice show that agents sought ev­i­dence re­lated to al­le­ga­tions that bank em­ploy­ees cre­ated up to 2 mil­lion bank and credit card ac­counts without cus­tomers’ ap­proval in or­der to meet sales goals.

Wells Fargo spokesman Mark Folk said in an email that the bank is co­op­er­at­ing in pro­vid­ing the re­quested in­for­ma­tion.

The war­rant was served Oct. 5.

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