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Serial Debt Relief Scammer Busted Once Again by FTC

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Under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in two Tampa, Florida-area operations that allegedly bilked consumers of millions of dollars are banned from providing various types of financial services used in their schemes. In the spring of 2012, at the request of the FTC, a court shut down the two operations. According to the FTC, the defendants used ... Read More »

Well Done Debt Settlement Solutions

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Debt Settlement Solutions, a Florida company, had been previously contacted by the State of Connecticut about operating without a license. Usually these things end badly but in a rare occurrence it looks like one company, Debt Settlement Solutions, This situation shows how flexible state regulators can be when debt relief companies participate in the process. According to the State, “By ... Read More »

Independence Law Group Slapped by Connecticut

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The Connecticut Department of Banking has announced Independence Law Group has engaged in acts or conduct, violating the laws of the state regarding debt adjusters and debt negotiation. The company was ordered to cease and desist and was imposed a civil penalty of $100,000. According to the State, “On July 11, 2013, the Order and Notice sent to Respondent’s agent ... Read More »

Details on CFPB Lawsuit Against Morgan Drexen

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Yesterday I mentioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against Morgan Drexen. As I mentioned, I said I would take more time today and wander through the complaint filed and share more about the allegations. If there was no doubt in the mind of any debt relief industry executive if the CFPB was set to regulate the industry, the ... Read More »

Morgan Drexen Sued by CFPB. Take That!

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Recently the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, hoping they would be declared unconstitutional and disbanded. For more, see this and this. Today the CFPB turned around and unloaded their long-term investigation into Morgan Drexen and filed suit against them. I’ll review the entire lawsuit tomorrow but for now, here is what the CFPB ... Read More »

California Mortgage Modification Scammers Get Jail Time

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) today announced that on July 29, four California men were sentenced for defrauding hundreds of victims in a real estate scam that included fraudulently collecting upfront fees for loan modification services and sending fake letters with mortgage servicer logos offering home loan modification assistance. Victim losses ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Providers Pocketed Money, Got Prison

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Houstonian Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23, now convicted in two separate debt relief scams, has been sentenced to prison again, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Chilo entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud in relation to this case Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Today, U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Chilo ... Read More »

Morgan Drexen Rumble With CFPB – Update

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Previously covered the suit filed by the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen against the CFPB, here. Today I went to see what, if any, updates there were on the case. Here is the latest: “The Court held two on the record telephone conference calls with the parties on July 24, 2013 and July 25, 2013, during which Plaintiffs consented to ... Read More »

RIP Nelson Gamble & Associates and Jackson Hunter Morris & Knight

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So here is the predictable circle of life with some of the debt relief troubles I’ve written about. I write about a company. I get attacked that I don’t know what I’m talking about. The regulators take action. The company is toast. Sometimes the underlying people behind these efforts make a ton of money, stash some and settle with the ... Read More »

Seriously Debt Relief Industry – Connecticut!

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Another day, another debt relief company falls into the trap known as Connecticut. This time the unlucky recipients are James F. Baker, Independent Rescore Systems, Deleting Your Debts Company, Deleting Your Debts, Intake Application Center, and Intake Applications. Here is what the State has to say. 1. Rescore was a Nevada corporation from August 11, 2006 to September 1, 2012, ... Read More »

Lloyd Ward Loses Law License in Litigation. Only for Two Months.

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Writing anything about Lloyd Ward is a touchy subject. On one hand he was a prominent debt settlement attorney and on the other hand he sued my wife and I. In my personal situation the case was dismissed. In all, I really don’t hold a grudge or even “hate” the guy. As far as I’m concerned he’s just relevant news ... Read More »

Connecticut Makes it Tougher on Unlicensed Companies

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I’ve been writing about the debt relief world for a long time now. But today the Connecticut Department of Banking pulled a new one on me. Not only is Connecticut tough as nails when it comes to offering debt relief in their state, but now they are even going after companies that “are violating or are about to violate the ... Read More »

A+ Financial Center Scheme Settles With FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme. They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardholder Services” and pitching credit card interest rate reduction services. In the five complaints announced in ... Read More »

World Law Debt, Meet Oregon

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World Law Debt might want to read the tea leaves facing them from recent actions by North Carolina and now Oregon. Read past article on World Law Debt On July 1, 2013 the Oregon Department of Justice and Department of Consumer and Business Services sued Swift Rock Financial, Wold Law Debt, World law Direct, World Law Group, World law Plan, ... Read More »

FTC Goes After More in Alleged Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission continued its crackdown on credit card rate reduction scams by adding eight new defendants to a case the agency brought last year, including a payment processor it alleges assisted in the fraud. The FTC filed an amended complaint against the defendants behind the firm Treasure Your Success (TYS), which allegedly made deceptive “cardholder services” robocalls, promising ... Read More »

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