Woman brings defamation suit against Wells Fargo, claims bank wrongfully called police over tax refund check

By John Suayan | Feb 12, 2019

HOUSTON – A San Francisco-based financial institution has been accused in a Texas woman’s state district lawsuit of defamation.

In the 4-page complaint filed on Feb. 8 in the Harris County 80th District Court, Jennifer Lopez claims that she went to cash her tax refund check at a Wells Fargo branch in Houston’s Meyerland neighborhood on Apr. 14, 2016 only for the bank to wrongfully call law enforcement on her for supposedly passing a bogus check.

According to Lopez, the ordeal occurred though she possessed the proper documentation and had previously made calls to the Wells Fargo’s corporate office.

“The situation was wrongfully escalated to entail police involvement and the plaintiff was wrongfully taken into custody and jailed when absolutely no crime had been committed,” court papers say.

Lopez further claims that her mental and financial health were adversely affected.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by Robert R. Jones, III of Houston.

Harris County 80th District Court Case No. 2019-10135

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