WASHINGTON — A Wells Fargo & Co. shareholder has filed suit against 13 top officials at the bank, alleging they committed a breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, and gross mismanagement by permitting the bank to continue to participate in sale-in, lease-out transactions after the federal government warned they were illegitimate tax shelters.

Robert Marshall, of San Mateo County, Calif., filed suit in San Francisco County Superior Court yesterday on behalf of the bank. In the complaint, he alleges that the bank’s top executives, as well as members of its board of directors sitting on audit and finance committees, “approved or ratified conduct by Wells Fargo which was not in the best interest of the company or shareholders.”

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