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Debt Settlement Company and Employees Criminally Charged in Fraud.

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Today the Manhattan U.S. Attorney filed a criminal indictment against Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, LLC, Alpha Debt Settlement, Michael Levitis, Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, Manuel Cruz, and James Leon. The criminal indictment filed should be of interest to many that were or still are in the advance fee debt settlement business. The activities described in the indictment sound very ... Read More »

How Do or Can I Settle My Debts on My Own? – Shawna

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Shawna “Dear Steve, I have 20,000 on 2 credit cards and a an interest free loan of 15,000 from my mom. I would like to be able to pay off both cards with the 15,000. Is there a way to request to see if the 2 companies would reduce the amount I owe them if I paid it off immediately ... Read More »

Debt-Settlement Fraud Rising with Lack of Regulation Says Washington Post

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Baltimore resident Gloria Snowden thought she had found a way out from under her $10,000 credit card bill when she signed up with a company that promised to negotiate with creditors to settle the debt for less than she owed. It was 2003 and the nascent debt-settlement industry was just taking off. Traditional credit counseling and consolidation organizations devise payment ... Read More »

Should I Go Bankrupt or Do Debt Settlement? – Endeudado

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“Dear Steve, I am 29 years old and 2 children and my wife. I am into too much debt that I am considering filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy. I owe 30,000 dollars in credit card debt. I have a mortgage of 98,000, a car loan, and a student loan. I am not behind on payments for anything, but I am ... Read More »

Maryland Lawyer Richard Brennan Jailed for Debt Settlement Services

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I was reading the MCRC Maryland Consumer Right Coalition “Debt Settlement in Maryland: Compounding problems, deepening debt” report. You can download your copy here. In the document the story of attorney Richard Brennan who got heavily involved in debt settlement is told. It’s one of the few cases where I’ve seen an attorney go to jail as a result of ... Read More »

I’m in a Debt Settlement Program and Getting Sued by My Creditors. – Cathy

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Cathy “Dear Steve, We have been with a debt settlement company for about 4 months and one of the unsecured loan outfits is already trying to sue us for the 85% of the total amount plus attorney fees and late charges included for about $500.00 a month or will garnish or lean or property not worth what we owe. Is ... Read More »

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