BACKGROUND CHECK: Wells Fargo Employee Fired

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The story of a Milwaukee woman, fired by Wells Fargo for a crime she committed 40 years ago, has gained the attention of a national audience.  And a Des Moines woman says she can relate.

Wells Fargo says it was following new FDIC regulations when it performed an FBI fingerprint check on 58-year-old Yolanda Quesada.  The search turned up a shoplifting misdemeanor from 1972 and she was fired without severance. 

The same search turned up a 16-year-old burglary charge on a Des Moines woman, and although she says she`d been a model employee for ten years, Wells Fargo fired her last month. 

The woman says Wells Fargo performed two tests: she passed the 10-year background check but then was handed a letter when the results of the FBI test came in.

She says, “I knew my background check was clear and everything like that, but while we were filling out the forms online to go through this process, it asked `have you been convicted of a felony in the last ten years?` No, because it was 16 years ago.”

The FDIC law prohibits banks from continuing the employment of any person with a criminal record involving dishonesty or breach of trust. 

Wells Fargo did not return calls for comment.

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