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South Gate resident, Ana Casas Wilson, 50, who suffers from stage four-breast cancer and cerebral palsy, is still standing her ground with supporters at her foreclosed home of forty years. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has yet to enforce the eviction that was planned for Wednesday.
Wells Fargo, the bank the serviced the home loan given to the Wilson’s, insists that they have exhausted all retention measures, and that they are going ahead with the eviction.
“We provided loan modifications on two separate occasions [to James and Ana Casas-Wilson] and both offers were declined,” wrote Veronica Clemons of Wells Fargo’s Home Mortage Communications, in an email to South Gate - Lynwood Patch Latino. “We also have offered financial relocation assistance to help transition them to a new residence. Those offers were turned down.”
Clemons also said that Wells Fargo has not received a mortgage payment on the loan since 2008.
According to a press release by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Casas Wilson fell back on her mortgage payments after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. This forced James Wilson, her husband, to quit one of his jobs in order to tend to her.
James is now an employee of the Lynwood Unified School District.
Casas Wilson is accusing Wells Fargo and US Bank, who owns the mortgage, of snubbing her requests to negotiate a loan modification with her, even though she can now make the payments.
In April, Casas Wilson was arrested after protesting outside of Tim Sloan's house, the Chief Financial Officer of Wells Fargo, and trying to make a mortgage payment to him.
Peter Kuhns, a community organizer with ACCE, took issue with the statements given by Wells Fargo to Patch.
“How can they say she has not made any payments since 2008, when she has tried to make them, and the banks wont take her money?” said Kuhns. “She has been trying to make payments.”
Kuhns further added that no loan modifications have been offerred to Ana, and that the bank has not exhausted all possibilities.
“Ana is not aware of any loan modification offers from Wells Fargo,” said Kuhns. “These banks have the option to work with Ana now, if they really wanted to, so it’s not true that all options have been exhausted.”
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