Add California Attorney General Kamala Harris to the list of public officials and agencies investigating Wells Fargo in connection with the bank’s phony accounts scandal, according to a report from Los Angeles Times staffer James Rufus Koren.
Harris’ office is seeking a variety of information from the bank, including the identities of California customers who had unauthorized accounts opened in their names and the names of the Wells Fargo employees who opened the accounts.
It’s not clear whether Harris’ office is considering charges against individual bank workers, high-level bank executives or the bank itself. The investigation could lead to charges beyond the identity-theft allegations used to secure the search warrant.
In California, State Treasurer John Chiang last month said his office would cut off several business relationships with the bank, a move that’s since been followed by officials in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and the states of Illinois and Ohio.