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NJ Settles with ACI Payments, Inc. for Unauthorized Transactions from Mr. Cooper Customer Accounts
The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and 43 other state financial agencies have reached settlements with ACI Payments, Inc. for erroneously initiating electronic transactions totaling $2.3 billion from the accounts of 480,000 mortgage-holders serviced by the business Mr. Cooper (formerly known as Nationstar Mortgage, LLC). State regulators levied $10 million in fines through a multistate enforcement action with support from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Additionally, 50 state attorneys general, including the attorney general of New Jersey, levied an additional $10 million in fines to ACI, in coordination with state regulators. ACI Payments, a subsidiary of ACI Worldwide Corp., is a state-regulated money services business licensed in New Jersey and nearly all other U.S. states (NMLS ID 936777). Mr. Cooper offered ACI’s Speedpay product for its customers to schedule their monthly mortgage payments, enabling automatic transfers of authorized mortgage payments from their personal bank accounts to Mr. Cooper. The violations occurred when ACI Payments erroneously used live customer data in a test of its Speedpay platform, causing unexpected and sometimes multiple mortgage payments from customer accounts. In some cases, these transactions exposed consumers to overdraft or insufficient funds fees.