Citibank to Pay $700M to Credit Cardholders for Illegal Practices

Citigroup Inc.'s consumer bank has been ordered to pay $700 million in relief to borrowers for illegal credit card practices, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said.

The consumer finance watchdog said on Tuesday that about 7 million customer accounts were affected by Citibank's "deceptive marketing" practices, which included misrepresenting costs and fees and charging customers for services they did not receive, Reuters reports.

The CFPB, set up under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act aimed at reforming Wall Street practices, said a Citibank unit also "deceptively" charged expedited payment fees to nearly 1.8 million consumer accounts during collection calls.

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