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Current List of Debt Settlement Companies Licensed in Maryland

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According to the Maryland Division of Financial Regulation, the following companies are the only ones licensed to offer debt settlement services in Maryland under the new debt settlement law. This list is effective April 19, 2012. Freedom Debt Relief 1875 S. Grant Street, Suite 450 San Mateo, CA 94402-2676 CareOne Services, Inc. 8993 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, Maryland 21045 Debt Relief ... Read More »

Owner of Advertising Investment Companies Pleads Guilty To $6.2 Million Fraud Scheme

In early December Edward Lawson pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a $6.2 million fraudulent investment scheme. According to his plea, Lawson was the president of “Automated Revenue Creation LLC” and “Guaranteed Results Advertising, LLC” (collectively, GRA). GRA’s investment literature stated that it was in the business of providing advertising through “Narrow Cast television commercials,” purportedly consisting of ... Read More »

United Way Employee Sentenced To Almost 4 Years In Prison For Stealing Donations

Earlier this month, Dorothy Shields Talbot, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal over $375,000 in donations from her employer, United Way of Central Maryland. According Talbot’s plea agreement, the United Way of Central Maryland was a non-profit charitable organization located in Baltimore. ... Read More »

It’s A Hard Knock Life For Mortgage Fraudsters

For my generation the term “Hard Knocks” cannot be mentioned without the memorable image and sound of Jay-Z’s “ghetto anthem” rendition of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the play Annie. My personal favorite lyric and image from the infamous song being: “I’m from the school of the hard knocks, we must not let outsiders violate our blocks.” You see, ... Read More »

$78 Million Mortgage Fraud “Dream Home” Scheme Owner Convicted

Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., was convicted last week in Maryland of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. The scheme, entitled “Metro Dream Homes” promised to pay off homeowners’ mortgages on the homes of their dreams but instead left them high and dry. According to evidence presented at the ... Read More »

Newspaper Deliveryman Makes Amanda Miller’s List Of “People I Wouldn’t Suspect Of Fraud”

Amanda Miller’s list of “People I Wouldn’t Suspect of Fraud” just keeps on growing week in and week out! Amongst the already listed TSA employee, postal carrier, United Nations employee and firefighter I now introduce to the list: a newspaper deliveryman. A guilty plea was announced last week by Andre Tyler, a Maryland newspaper deliveryman, to unauthorized use of an ... Read More »

Homeowners In Financial Distress Lose Over $1.2 Million To Mortgage “Rescue” Fraud

To the tune of a MasterCard commercial: $4.7 million in fradulent mortgage loans… $944,224 lost by lenders…. $1.2 million lost in equity to homeowners…. Shameful. Mary Ann Dean and Charles Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme of Sunset Mortgage Company. Dean was a loan originator and operator ... Read More »

The Clean, Green, Defrauding Machine!

Clean Green Fuel’s Rodney Hailey was charged in a criminal information filed on October 3, 2011 with wire fraud, money laundering and a violation of the Clean Air Act in connection with a scheme where he allegedly sold $9 million in renewable fuel credits allegedly produced by his company. According to reports Hailey owned Clean Green Fuel and kept several ... Read More »

Maryland to Hold Important Hearing on Debt Settlement. Persels & Associates is Said to be Adamantly Opposed.

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The Maryland Consumer Right Coalition reached out to me to let me know about upcoming hearings in Maryland that involve debt settlement. Marceline White of the MCRC said, “There will be two hearings in the Maryland General Assembly next week on regulating the debt settlement industry within the state. The legislation recommends that lawyers that are principally engaged in debt ... Read More »

Recommendations Released Today for Debt Settlement in Maryland

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The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition today released its recommendations for better regulation of the debt settlement industry. The recommendations are in conjunction with those from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, which MCRC feels do not go far enough. (Read report/recommendations here, including the story of a Marylander who ... Read More »

Debt Relief Center & United One Debt Settlements Review

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Address: Debt Relief Center, Inc. 25 Crossroads Drive Suite 404 Owings Mills, MD 21117 United One Debt Settlements, Inc. 10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044 877-740-2111 Website: www.drclogin.com Description: Debt settlement company Management: Stephen B. Millstein ([email protected])([email protected]) Certified Title Corporation shares the same address and attorney Stephen B. Millstein is related to Certified Title Corporation. Stephen B. Millstein is ... Read More »

Maryland Attorney General Calls Debt Settlement Services “Predatory Thieves”

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said in a press conference today that debt settlement companies are “predatory thieves”. The state of Maryland is preparing to take another swipe at passing tough new regulations that would limit up-front fees charged by debt settlement companies to $50 and total fees paid at 15% of the total debt. Marceline White, the executive director ... 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 »

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