In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England’s gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing – and popped out of the floor to greet them.
Luke “Milky” Moore, an Australian, was able to overdraft over $1.5 million from his bank. He was eventually sent to prison, appealed and argued his own case, was released, and is now studying to become a criminal defense lawyer.
A young Arkansas woman spent 35 days in jail and paid thousands in fines for a $29 bounced check.
In Dante’s Inferno, bankers were placed in a lower rung of hell than murderers because Dante condemned excessive (>10%) of Interest on Loans.
British banking giant HSBC admitted to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of important banking laws (from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Trading With the Enemy Act), but there were no criminal charges and no one went to prison.
A bank that lost 66 employees in the 9/11 attacks has sent 54 children of their fallen colleagues to college.
Italy’s Credem Bank takes Parmesan cheese from local producers in exchange for cheap loans (charging 3-5% interest, depending on quality) & a fee ensuring the cheese matures properly (2yrs) in the bank vault (cheese is sold if the loan defaults). 430,000 Parmesan wheels ($200M+) are stored there.
A man wrote his own credit card contract then sued the bank for breaking the contract’s terms.
A man successfully “foreclosed” on a Wells Fargo office because they failed to respond to his letters of inquiry and then ignored his $1,000 small claims judgement.
Bank of America wrongfully foreclosed a couple, who sued and won a judgement for $2500 in Legal fees. When Bank of America didn’t pay, the couple showed up at the bank with a moving company, a deputy, and a writ allowing them to start seizing furniture and/or cash.