BMO reportedly fired Tortora for conspiring with her branch manager, Shenaz Poonja, to extract unwarranted commissions from the bank.
The lawsuit also claims Tortora and her manager facilitated mortgages based on over-inflated appraisals.
Tortora and Poonja both deny the claims. Tortora called the suit “untrue, misleading and inflammatory, high-handed, reprehensible and malicious in nature,” while Poonja’s lawyer charged BMO with “lax” lending practices.
None of these claims have been proven. A court hearing is set for October 2010.
If you’re a bank PR manager, you’ve got to love it when stuff like this gets out. As intriguing as this tale is, however, it’s equally interesting to hear that BMO mortgage specialists can make near 7 figures. Maybe this story will help their recruitment efforts.