Stop Illegal Eviction of Woman with Terminal Cancer

Target: John G. Stumpf (CEO of Wells Fargo) and Sandra Hutchens (Sheriff-Coroner of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Goal: Don’t illegally evict a terminally ill Garden Grove resident from her own home

Recently, Niko Black, a Native American Apache woman with terminal cancer, was illegally evicted from her Garden Grove home at gunpoint by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with Wells Fargo. Though she placed a Federal Court Order on her front door, the eviction occurred by means of fraudulent paperwork. Please ensure that Black may rightfully keep her home in this case against the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Wells Fargo.

A few years ago, Black filed for bankruptcy; however, she has never had a mortgage with Wells Fargo. In fact, she has lived in her Garden Grove house since childhood. She obtained a Federal Court Order, approved by Federal Judge Theodore C. Albert, which forbids any unlawful entry into her home. She also made sure that the local police agencies were aware of her paperwork and filed them accordingly.

However, on October 10, 2012, Wells Fargo, with the cooperation and help from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, kicked open Black’s home—disregarding the Federal Court Order that was placed on her front door. Four to six police deputies entered the home and proceeded to hold a gun to her face, forcing her to leave her own home as she struggled to crawl into her wheelchair. She called the Garden Grove police station but they did nothing. During this eviction, they did not allow her to grab any of her medications, which, in turn, made her very sick afterwards. She had to be taken to the hospital because she had no access to her medications. Furthermore, they left her dogs in her home and changed her locks so she had no way of entering the home to take care of her pets.

On November 13, Federal Judge Theodore C. Albert, the same judge who signed the Federal Court Order, will order Wells Fargo and Orange County representatives to appear at court and explain the basis of their eviction. Fortunately, Attorney Stephen. R. Golde has picked up Niko Black’s case pro-bono. Black has already endured enough personal struggle in her life but now she is being harassed and she may lose her house because of fraudulent paperwork. Please stop Wells Fargo and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department from illegally evicting a terminally ill woman from her own home and ensure that her last days on earth can be spent in her childhood home in peace.


Dear John G. Stumpf,

On October 10, 2012, Wells Fargo, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, led an illegal and violent eviction of a terminally ill woman by the name of Niko Black from her own home in Garden Grove, California. With the aid of fraudulent paperwork, four to six police deputies kicked open her home—ignoring the Federal Court Order posted on her front door—and proceeded to put a gun to a head of a woman who was struggling to crawl into her wheelchair.

These sorts of actions are inhumane and unjustified. Even with the correct paperwork to evict someone, is this the way we treat our fellow citizens? Niko Black has terminal cancer and has quietly lived in her Garden Grove home with her dogs since childhood. After the unlawful eviction, she was sent away with no medications, no access to her dogs, and more importantly, no access to her rightful home.

Federal Judge Theodore C. Albert approved and signed the Federal Court Order and on November 13, he will ask for a valid explanation for her eviction. Please look into the case and see to it that Black can return back to her childhood home, where she can rest peacefully during her last few days on earth. She, nor any other person, should ever be violently mistreated in this way. No paperwork, fraudulent or not, can ever justify what Wells Fargo and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has inflicted on Niko Black.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Absolute injustice towards this unfortunate woman, who wants to spend the rest of her life in her own home. Don’t these banks have any sense of humanity or conscience?

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