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New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions Gets a CT Time Out

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The Connecticut Department of Banking has issued a cease and desist and civil penalty against New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions for running afoul of the Debt Adjusters and Debt Negotiation statutes. After giving the New Life folks a chance to respond, the State gave up and has now issued a $100,000 fine against the troubled company. – ... Read More »

Innovative Wealth Builders in FTC News Again With Independent Resources Network

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It seems like forever Ive been writing about Innovative Wealth Builders and all the unhappy consumers that feel for their debt relief pitch. But it looks like the FTC has taken a step against their payment processor that could have ramifications in other parts of the debt world with payment processors and escrow companies. According to the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More »

CFPB Suit Against Debt Relief Company Should Make Industry Very Afraid

Boom goes the dynamite.

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. and Michael DiPanni. If you are in the debt relief industry you need to become painfully familiar with this suit because it will make you soil your pants. For the first time the CFPB has laid out its hand on what they feel is an abusive ... Read More »

Universal Debt Services Gets Order to Make Restitution

The folks over at the Connecticut Department of Banking, otherwise known as the people you don’t want to F with, have reached out and touched Universal Debt Services, Inc. in New York. The State assets the following: 1. Respondent is a New York corporation with offices at 100 Veterans Boulevard, Massapequa, New York, and One Cross Island Plaza, Suite 100, ... Read More »

World Law Debt, Global Client Solutions and Others Sued in NC. TRO.

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Yesterday the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Bar filed suit against Swift Rock Financial, World Law Debt, World Law Group, Orion Processing, World Law Processing, Derin Scott, and Global Client Solutions. This suit is different than many others I’ve seen in that it is a joint effort by both the State Bar and the Attorney General. ... Read More »

NoteWorld / Meracord Loses Arbitration Agreement With Court

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An interesting development in the NoteWorld / Meracord world and a court case involving an arbitration agreement. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case between Amrish Rajagopalan and NoteWorld. Apparently NoteWorld tried to rely on the arbitration agreement the debt settlement company had in their agreement to compel this situation out of court and into arbitration. According to ... Read More »

FTC Catches Bogus Tech Support Scam and Then Finds a Debt Relief Company

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The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement over a bogus tech support service and accidentally found a debt relief company that was violating the Telemarketing Sales Rules in the process. Mikael Marczak, doing business as Virtual PC Solutions, and Sanjay Agarwalla were among the subjects of a series of six complaints filed by the FTC last September as part of ... Read More »

Sameer Qadri, Connecticut is Calling and Looking for $100K

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The Connecticut Department of Banking has issued a cease and desist notice and civil penalty to Sameer Qadri and Accredited Law Group. Qadri has also been associated with Estate Law Group. After a lack of response to many certified letter the State sent Qadri, the State has issued a final cease and desist letter for violation of Connecticut General Statutes ... Read More »

Debt Relief Company Options Debt Consolidation Canada Hits Rough Patch

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The Vancover Sun is reporting a situation which sounds familiar in the U.S. as well regarding Options Debt Consolidation Canada and Options Credit Canada. Apparently Options Credit was selling agents or franchise owners a magnificent debt relief business opportunity where they would receive “with real-time leads and the ongoing support and management necessary to qualify prospective clients and to generate ... Read More »

EFA Processing and Consumer Law Associates Named in CT Cease & Desist

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EFA Processing, a Texas company, and Consumer Law Associates, a Maryland company, were named in a public notice by the State of Connecticut. The State Said: 1. EFA is a Texas limited partnership with its principal place of business at 7668 Warren Parkway, Suite 325, Frisco, Texas. 2. CLA is a Maryland limited liability company having its principal place of ... Read More »

U.S. Attorney Plans More Criminal Actions in Debt Relief Industry

White Collar Criminal

NY officials vow attack on predatory debt-fixing (via The Dispatch) Federal authorities announced a crackdown Tuesday on predatory businesses that cheat “desperate and vulnerable” people harmed by the 2008 financial crisis with phony promises to consolidate their debt. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that charges were brought against the owner and… Read More »

AFCC Current Member Criminally Charged in Debt Settlement Fraudulent Scheme

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In what must certainly be a terrible embarrassment for the American Fair Credit Council, AFCC, one of their members was criminally indicted today by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. According to documents released today, Mission Settlement Agency, Michael Levitis, and employees Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, and Manuel Cruz have been criminally indicted for misrepresenting debt settlement to consumers and engaging in ... Read More »

Scott Law Group Updates Debt Industry Target List

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The Scott Law Group has been very active in going after debt relief companies. They have recently updated their debt settlement litigation page by adding some companies and removing others. Added: American Platinum Financial Services, Inc. Consumer Debt Law Firm, Inc. The Mortgage Law Group, LLP U.S. Debt Processing, Inc. Decca Consumer Law Group The current list of companies they ... Read More »

Ward Pleads Guilty to Nationwide Foreclosure Scam and Bankruptcy Fraud

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A former Los Angeles resident, who fled to Canada and was a federal fugitive for 12 years, pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated identity theft and bankruptcy fraud in connection with leading a nearly 15-year foreclosure-rescue scam that fraudulently postponed foreclosure sales for more than 800 distressed homeowners, announced Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program ... Read More »

WV Wins Judgment Against Nonprofit Credit Counseling Agency and a Number of Debt Relief Companies

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On March 20, 2013 the State of WV was granted a judgment against James Armstrong, Family Credit Counseling, Debt Solutions Foundation, Top Financial Sales & Marketing, Consumer Financial Marketing, Consumer Debt Management & Education, JRA Property & Land Management, Vegga Corporation, and American Debt Counseling. Court records indicate Family Credit Counseling Corporation was a federally tax-exempt nonprofit and was in ... Read More »

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