Robo-signing? Yes it is still going on (especially at Chase). That means that consumers are being sued for debts they don’t owe.

Why robo signing? Because there is no creditor to sign it. And that is because there is no unpiad loan account on the accounting ledger of any company.
There are just payment histories. You will never see disbursements to creditors from”servicers.”
There are no unpaid accounts because everyone gets paid thorugh the sales of multiple levels of securities, the proceeds of which pay everyone in the securitization scheme far more than they ever paid the consumer as a “loan.”
Hat tip to “Anon”
Here is an article by Jon Prior detailing how Senate Democrats are still after the investment banks without any cooperation from Republicans who know better.

Six Senate Democrats are asking JPMorgan Chase for details about its credit card debt-collection practices following a report that the megabank has filed thousands of lawsuits in recent years against delinquent customers.

In a letter Monday, the lawmakers expressed concern that the New York bank has been “robo-signing” legal documents that it files against customers who have fallen behind on their payments.

In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hit JPMorgan with a consent order, alleging that robo-signing had been discovered in the bank’s credit card business and requiring the bank to make certain changes. The CFPB alleged at the time that some customers were sued over debts that weren’t theirs.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, argued in a letter Monday that JPMorgan Chase should not use robo-signing in debt collection lawsuits.

The consent order expired at the beginning of 2020. Last month, Pro Publica and The Capitol Forum published a report pointing to signs that some of the practices had resumed, along with a flurry of new lawsuits against cardholders.

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee, including Chairman Sherrod Brown of Ohio, wrote in their letter to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon that “the potential resumption of this practice could affect tens of millions” of customers.

“Chase should not utilize robo-signing in pursuing these debt collection suits, or any other debt,” the lawmakers wrote.

A JPMorgan Chase spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the letter.

Robo-signing gained notoriety in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, as banks and mortgage servicers were found to be taking shortcuts in the foreclosure process by duplicating signatures needed to ensure that loan files had been reviewed appropriately.

In their letter Monday, the Democratic senators noted that Chase has said it performs quality checks on every affidavit used in credit card lawsuits. But they asked for substantiation of that statement, saying that failure to check the information properly can lead to wage garnishment for debts that customers do not owe.

They also wrote that sloppy practices can “negatively impact consumers’ credit scores through credit reporting, making it more difficult for those consumers to obtain jobs, housing, and affordable credit — all due to Chase’s mistakes.”

Additionally, the senators asked how many suits JPMorgan Chase brought against its credit card customers between 2019 and 2021, how many employees are charged with reviewing credit card accounts before lawsuits are filed and how quality checks are performed.

And they asked JPMorgan how it has selected which cardholders to sue during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how the bank ensures that its collection activity does not create racial disparities.

The other Democratic senators who signed the letter were Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Raphael Warnock of Georgia.

After the letter was publicized Monday, the Center for Responsible Lending voiced its support for the senators’ inquiry.

“If Chase continues this trend unfettered, impacted consumers will have a harder time obtaining housing and affordable credit down the road,” Lucia Mattox, the group’s director of western states outreach, said in a statement. “And history shows that consumers of color will be most affected by these predatory debt collection practices.”

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