Retired U.S. Navy veteran Larry Delassus, 62, had a mortgage with Wells Fargo on his Los Angeles condominium, but the bank mistakenly demanded that Delassus pay his neighbor's property taxes of $13, 361
According to the LA Weekly, when Delassus refused, Wells Fargo increased his mortgage payments from $1,237.69 to $2,429.13 to get the $13,361 in taxes that he never owed.
By March 2009, Wells Fargo had doubled Delassus' mortgage payment and by December of that year the bank was ready to foreclose because Delassus could not afford the increased demands.
In court documents, Wells Fargo attorney Robert Bailey, of Anglin Flewelling Rasmussen Campbell & Trytten, eventually admitted the bank's original error: "Wells Fargo paid the amount it determined was owed to the County Assessor: approximately $10,500. This was a mistake. The $10,500 was the tax amount owed on a neighboring property, not Plaintiff's."
Even after admitting their error, Wells Fargo would not allow Delassus to pay his original mortgage payment and demanded the past due amount, plus fees, which the bank decided to call “reinstatement.”
During a phone conversation, which was recorded by Delassus' attorney Anthony Trujillo, Wells Fargo reps unable to tell Delassus what the total amount due was and hung up.
Finally, six days later, on January 25, 2011, Delassus heard back from Wells Fargo, which wanted $337,250.40 the very next day.
Delassus lost his condominium to foreclosure and had to move into an assisted-living facility.
To make matters worse, Delassus suffered from a rare and debilitating blood clot disorder called "Budd-Chiari syndrome."
Delassus sued Wells Fargo, with Trujillo’s help, for negligence and discrimination against a disabled person. However, during a hearing for that case on December 19, 2012, Delassus died in court.
A close friend of Delassus, Debbie Popovich, and Trujillo, filed a wrongful death claim in April 2013 against Wells Fargo for restitution, costs, civil penalties and punitive damages on behalf of his estate.