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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has opened an investigation into whether Bank of America violated federal law by opening unauthorized credit card accounts, American Banker reported Wednesday.

Backgrou In one document, a lawyer for Bank of America acknowledged the bank found specific instances of “potentially unauthorized credit card accounts,” American Banker reports, noting the lawyer said that the number of such accounts that had been identified was “vanishingly small.”

Details: In one document, a lawyer for Bank of America acknowledges the bank found specific instances of “potentially unauthorized credit card accounts,” American Banker reports, noting the lawyer said that the number of such accounts that had been identified was “vanishingly small.”

Flashback: Wells Fargo faced hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties, and ultimately criminal and civil lawsuits in the case reached $2.7 billion by the end of 2018.

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Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

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