Wells Fargo Says Ponzi Victims Failed to Show Bank Knew of Ploy
The victims “wholly omit the most crucial allegations of the ‘who, what, when, where, and how’ of Wells Fargo’s knowledge of the fraud,” the bank’s lawyers at Holland & Hart wrote in a motion Thursday.
The motion comes in a high-profile case where investors provided nearly $500 million to a scheme run out of a special bank account for lawyers. One alleged perpetrator, Nevada lawyer Matthew Beasley, who FBI agents shot and injured during a standoff this year, is claimed to have told the victims he was investing their money in personal injury settlements but instead is accused of paying his firm with it.
Some of the investors allege that the bank aided and abetted the fraud.
They claim that when Beasley opened his account in 2017, he told the bank…