An attorney representing a man who spent 23 years locked up for a murder he didn’t commit says her client was turned away twice by Chase #Bank
when he tried to deposit a check from the state of #Illinois
to compensate him for his time imprisoned.
, meanwhile, said it made a mistake in turning him away once but denied doing it twice, calling the second incident this week a misunderstanding.
The exonerated man, Darryl Fulton, said he was “proven innocent” and expressed frustration with the ordeal. “I’m just trying to deposit my check,” Fulton said. “I just wanted to be treated like anyone else.” Kathleen Zellner criticized Chase for not allowing Fulton to deposit a $169,876 check from the state at its bank branch on 79th Street and Cicero Avenue, questioning whether racism played a part. The first time Fulton tried to deposit the money, Zellner said, the bank said she would have to endorse the check because her firm’s name was under his, though Fulton’s name was on the “pay to the order of” line.
Zellner said the #law
firm’s name was on the check because it was mailed to her office.
The second time, Zellner said, Chase contended Fulton signed above her name and the check would need to be deposited in her account. Zellner got on the phone with the bank but employees wouldn’t deposit it, she said.
In a statement, Chase said it “should have accepted (Fulton’s) #check
during his initial visit.” The bank did not specifically address whether Fulton’s race was a factor. #racialprofiling
#racism #racist #publicist #PR #publicity #publicrelations #ipyagency #diaryofaprdiva