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Wells Fargo confirmed today that it has fired the executive who partied in a foreclosed Malibu beach house this summer.
The Los Angeles Times first reported on Friday that 39 year old Cheronda Guyton, a Wells Fargo senior vice president responsible for foreclosed commercial properties and a seventeen year veteran of the bank, spent weekends at the house, hosting parties that caught the attention of neighbors.
The 3,800 square foot, beach front home had been owned by a couple who lost their money with scamster Bernie Madoff. It was valued at $12 million when it was taken back by the bank in May.
Malibu Mayor Andy Stern, who also happens to be a real estate agent, told Reuters that the house could lease for $150,000 a month.
Wells says the house was kept off the market under an agreement with the prior owners. “Our investigation concluded a single team member was responsible for violating our company policies,” Wells said in a statement. “As a result, employment of this individual has been terminated. We deeply regret the activities that have taken place as they do not reflect the conduct we expect of our team members.”
Malibu Colony is one of the city’s first and still most exclusive neighborhoods. It has been the playpen of celebrities going back to Bing Crosby’s days.
Here’s a shot of the kitchen area.
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.