Regulators Hit MetaBank for $5.2 million Over iAdvance Program

July 18, 2011
Des Moines Register 

Iowa-based MetaBank has come to an agreement with federal regulators over a now-discontinued program that offered payday and tax refund loans via prepaid debit cards. In October, the Office of Thrift Supervision ordered the bank to end the iAdvance program, claiming the loans violated unfair or deceptive trade practice laws. The program provided consumers with debit cards and gave them the option of paying a fee to obtain a loan onto their debit card if they had no more money in their bank accounts. While the interest rates varied, they averaged between 120 percent and 650 percent. Additionally, customers paid a fee of $2.50 for every $20 of an iAdvance loan. On July 16, the company accepted a cease-and-desist order and agreed to reimburse $4.8 million in fees charged to repeat customers. The bank also must pay a $400,000 fine and provide regulators with several management and compliance plans.
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