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Being Sued for a Federal Student Loan? Don’t Panic. Read This!

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A friend asked me recently what really happens to people who are being sued over a defaulted federal student loan that was referred to the Department of Justice by the Department of Education. So I had to do what I typically do with these types of questions and spent hours and hours pouring over lawsuits by the United States of ... Read More »

AFCC Just as Peeved About Uninformed DOJ Position on Debt Settlement

On August 16th I wrote about a Department of Justice blog post about debt settlement that was, let’s politically say, perplexing. Ah what the hell, it was just plain old fucked up. The Department of Justice made some very uninformed statements about debt settlement, like “Fraudulent debt relief companies will often make claims of being able to negotiate a one-time ... Read More »

Department of Justice Makes Very Strange Claims About Debt Settlement & Credit Counseling

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A reader brought to my attention today a post by the Department of Justice about debt relief. While I think the intention was to help protect consumers from debt relief scams, in this case they missed the mark entirely. The beginning of their blog post is reasonable and factual when they say, “These companies generally offer to settle a consumer’s ... Read More »

Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identities Of Student Loan Borrowers

Janika Fernae Bates, a resident of Alabama, was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 94 months in federal prison for stealing identities of student loan borrowers and providing them to a co-conspirator, who used them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On Sept. 23, 2011, a jury in Montgomery, ... Read More »

Florida’s Foreclosure Solution Specialists Operators Charged With Fraud

Earlier this month it was announced that Lisa Wright, Cathy Saffer and Carrington Coombs were all charged with fraud in a Florida foreclosure rescure scheme. Wright and Saffer were charged with conspiracy to defraud homeowners and banks in a foreclosure rescue scheme. Coombs, a certified public accountant, was also charged as a participant in the scheme. A federal grand jury ... Read More »

Heartless Criminal Activity In Foreclosure-Related Scam

Last week a man whom operated a foreclosure-rescue scam agreed to plead guilty after collecting $1.6 million from 1,100 distressed homeowners. The man, Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, ran his scam in Los Angeles and elsewhere where he falsely promised the owners of more than a thousand distressed properties that they could indefinitely postpone foreclosure sales. Gladle was charged ... Read More »

FTC Continues TSR Crack Down

As part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal pre-recorded robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against an operation that allegedly helped clients make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. This conduct generated tens of thousands ... Read More »

The Misbranding of Vioxx Results In A Nearly $1 Billion Resolution

Last week the Justice Department announced that Merck, Sharp, & Dohme, an American pharmaceutical company, has agreed to resolve criminal charges and civil claims in relation to their promotion and marketing of the painkiller, Vioxx (rofecoxib) by paying $950 million. Yes, you read that right; just shy of $1 billion. Under the resolution terms, Mereck will plead guilty to a ... Read More »

Scam Recovery Kits Business Continues To Scam Buy Selling Scam Recovery Kits

(Try saying that title ten times fast) In March of this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stepped up it’s efforts against scams that targeted financially strapped consumers with more than 90 actions brought by the commission and its law enforcement partners in a investigation called “Operation Empty Promises.” Within this investigation the FTC looked into Brian Hessler and Business ... Read More »

Whistle Blower Is Rewarded For Uncovering Medicare Fraud

Dr. Steven Stern and his Kentuckiana Center for Better Bone and Joint Health (KCB) practice have agreed to pay $349,860 to settle an overfilling of Medicare allegation. Suzette Sewell-Scheuremann, a former employee of the Kentuckiana Center for Better Bone and Joint Health, alleged that Stern and his practice billed Medicare for infusing Infliximab which is a drug used to treat ... Read More »

Investigator Looking Into Credit Counseling Agency Hits a $$$ Wall With U.S. Department of Justice

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A tipster (send in your tips here) that is apparently closely scrutinizing credit counseling agencies has forwarded to me a recently Freedom of Information Act request that the U.S. Department of Justice responded to. What I found interesting was the amount of money the DOJ wanted in order to respond to the FOIA request on approved credit counseling groups who ... Read More »

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