Sara Mobley v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution
In this case which was moved to Federal Court on September 23, 2011, Mobley files suit against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Macy, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns and Jeffry Hyslip.
This is not the typical LHDR case. Here we have an case involving allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Mobley was an LHDR employee.
The complaint states Sara Mobley began working for Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and Macey, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns in December 2009. Mobley adequately performed her job and “in August 2010 Ms. Mobley was sexually harassed by Defendant Jeffrey Hyslip” and states that she was “subsequently sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by Mark Mancino, and LHDR affiliate.
Mobley allegedly complained to supervisors and “she was told she was “a big girl” and should handle the situation herself.
“In addition, Ms. Mobley expressed concerns regarding the criminal activities of some LHDR partners and affiliates, resulting in further retaliation.”
When Mobley was hired she was told she would earn approximately $30,000 a month. So I’m assuming use must have been a sales representative.
In August 2010, Mobley traveled to Chicago to attend a debt settlement conference at the direction of LHDR. It is at that conference, or more specifically at the hotel bar, where Sara says Jeffrey Hyslip “made aggressive sexual advances” towards her. Mobley states Hyslip “asked her what he could get for $500 or $1,000.
The complaint says “Defendant Hyslip advised Ms. Mobley that she should “add some worth to the firm” and then grabbed her upper thigh, causing a bruise, and tol her that he wanted to “fuck her” ever since he had seen her that morning.”
Later the same evening, Mark Mancino allegedly “informed her that she was “dangerous” and that “business and pleasure should not mix” but that because they were going to work together for a long time, they were definitely going to mix pleasure into their business relationship.”
The complaint states:
Mr. Mancino stated that he was going to “bend [Ms. Mobley] over and fuck [her]” right there. When Ms. Mobley rejected those advances, Mr. Mancino dragged her across the bar by the upper arm to the entrance of an “employees only” closet. Mr. Mancino’s sexual assault of Ms. Mobley was interrupted by a hotel employee who saw what was happening and intervened. Mr. Mancino’s tight grip on Ms. Mobley’s upper arm while he dragged her across the room caused a large bruise around her arm. When Ms. Mobley returned to her office, she reported both of these incidents of unwanted sexual advances to Jason Searns, LHDR’s General Counsel and Senior Partner.”
Mobley states she email Searns and explained Mr. Hyslip’s sexual harassment and assault and Mr. Mancino’s sexual harassment and sexual assault. Mr. Searns responded by email the same day and stated, “I realize Mancino is a hound when he drinks, but you are a big girl. You either play it like one of the boys and ignore then, or tell them what they say or attempt to do is inappropriate.”
The complaint says Mobley subsequently emailed Searns photos of the bruises and received an email that said, “[a]s a woman, you always have the power to decide what is acceptable. Even if Jeffrey [Hyslip] or Mancino were intoxicated, as I’m sure they were, you should contact them privately regarding their behavior and let them know what will happen if the behavior is repeated EVER.”
During Ms. Mobley’s employment at LHDR and MAHS, she became aware of the criminal associations of some of the people closely associated with, if not employed by, LHDR and MAHS, namely their prior mortgage fraud convictions and ties with organized crime families. – Source
Mark Mancino is also named in another Legal Helpers Debt Resolution suit I wrote about recently. In this case Mancino and John Lembo were part of an alleged conspiracy to take income away from another LHDR affiliate, Safeguard, and direct that income to their own company, Nationwide Referral Services aka National Legal Referral Service. You can read more about Mark Mancino here.
As the result of that article, additional information was sent to me by tipster (send in your tips here)s. Allegedly Mancino is a convicted felon. The following official information is available as a result of the securities fraud:
Dft to be imprisoned for 18 months. The court recommends that the dft be designated to an institution in the Miami, Florida Region. Dft is continued in the custody of the U.S. Marsal. Dft shall surrender for service of sentence at the institution des ignated by the bureau of prisons before 2:00 on 12/4/00. Upon release from imprisonment, dft shall be on supervised release for 3 years. The court recommends substance abuse and mental health treatment, at dft’s expense. Dft shall pay restitutio n to the victims of the offense of conviction in the amount of $800,000. Dft shall make by 11/27/00 the lump sum of $25,000 payable to the clerk of the court, EDNY. Restitution payment to begin 30 days after release from custody at a rate to be determined by the court and not less than 10% of gross earnings. The rate to be adjusted from time to time by the court in consulation with the probation dept, following full financial disclosure, as required. Dft to pay a special assessmen t of $50.00 to be paid in full immediately. AMENDED JUDGMENT – Dft to be imprisoned for 18 months. The court recommends to the bureau of prisons that dft be designated to a facility in the Miami, Florida region, and invites consideration of a camp assignment. Dft is continued in the custody of the U.S. Marshal. Dft shall surrender for service of sentence at the institution designated by the bureau of prisons by 3:00 p.m. on 1/8/01. Upon release from imprisonment, dft shall be on supervised release for 3 years. The court recommends substance abuse and mental health treatment, at dft’s expense. Dft shall pay a special assessment of $50.00 to be paid in full immediately. Dft shall pay restitution in the amount of $800,000. $25,000 restitution due within 30 days payable to the clerk of court, EDNY. Restitution payment to begin 30 days after release from custody at a rate to be determinated by the court and no less than 10% of gross earnings. The rate to be adj usted from time to time by the court in consultation with the probation dept, following full financial disclosure as required.
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