Kate Berry has covered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for American Banker since 2016. She joined the publication in 2006 covering mortgage lending and the financial crisis. Berry also has covered big banks including Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. She has won five awards from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors, and has worked at several news organizations including the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Associated Press. Berry began her career as a clerk at the New York Times.
Months after President Trump vowed that Wells Fargo would pay a severe penalty, the CFPB and OCC hit the bank with a $1 billion fine to settle claims it overcharged customers for auto insurance and home loans.
According to the Reuters report, which cited unnamed sources, acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney is seeking a settlement with Wells over claims related to force-placed auto insurance and improper mortgage fees.