(Bloomberg) – Wells Fargo & Co.'s admission that itcharged customers for auto policies they didn't request hasprompted an investigation by California's insurance regulator.

"The department will investigate fully to determine the extentto which California consumers were affected by improper placementof force- or lender-placed auto insurance and seek correctiveaction and penalties in the event that California's consumerprotection laws were violated," Commissioner Dave Jones said in astatement Tuesday on the watchdog'swebsite.

Wells Fargo already settled a U.S. probe last year into theunauthorized opening of savings and checking accounts. The SanFrancisco-based bank said in July that an internal review foundthat it also placed unnecessary car insurance polices withNational GeneralHolding Corp. to protect against losses on auto loans.

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