first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson and Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has criticised the “tiny” fine of €105,000 the Central Bank has imposed on Provident Personal Credit Ltd. Deputy Doherty, who along with Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn worked with the whistle-blowers in providing information to the Central Bank, was highly critical of the fine.The company illegally gave loans to people in Co Donegal. “I am disappointed by the tiny fine of €105,000 levied on a company which is worth billions,” said Deputy Doherty.“In May 2013 I submitted to the Central Bank a detailed dossier compiled by whistle-blowers from Provident. I wish to commend these whistle-blowers but express my concern that despite reassurances that they would be kept informed of the investigation they still have not heard the outcome of their allegations from the Central Bank.“The fact that the fine is only related to 117 loans raises questions about how wide and detailed this investigation was. The whistle-blowers at Provident had informed me of thousands of loans that were in breach of the regulations. Similarly I question if only the cases in the Donegal office were investigated.“The whistle-blowers’ dossier I submitted suggested aggressive lending, top up loans and target driven performance bonuses, reminiscent of the worst practices at major banks which led to such disastrous consequences, are still being felt. The Central Bank only found on two matters and the penalty imposed is no deterrent. To say the whistle blowers I spoke to are disappointed would be a massive understatement. “We are told the Central Bank has changed and the old culture has been replaced. The tiny fine and the limited investigation and findings suggest the old culture has not been totally eradicated. The jury is still out on the Central Bank’s willingness and ability to face up to rule breakers. One thing for certain is that the message from this fine and investigation is not one likely to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward.”Provident provides small short-term loans – and charged massive interest rates of up to 287% APR.It acted illegally by giving people loans – which helped pay off previous loans; loading consumers with massive debts.For example someone taking a loan of €1,500 would have to pay interest of more than €800. DOHERTY CRITICISES ‘TINY’ FINE OF COMPANY WHICH CHARGES UP TO 287% FOR LOANS was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:provident personalrip-off merchantslast_img read more