Country Filing Services is back on my radar again. The State of West Virginia recently filed suit against them and a number of other parties over alleged unlicensed debt collection activities.
County Filing Services first came to my attention by a reader that was scared by them. That investigation resulted in this huge article, “Fake Process Servers Work Hard to Scare Money Out of Consumers.”
The Attorney General of West Virginia opened investigations of these companies after receiving complaints alleging that they engaged in a wide range of abusive and unlawful debt collection practices, including repeated harassing phone calls, impersonating law enforcement and judicial officers, making false threats that nonpayment will result in arrest or criminal prosecution, and collecting nonexistent debts or debts that have already been paid.
After receiving the complaints, McGraw’s office issued investigative subpoenas requiring the companies to produce records of all their collection activities in West Virginia. The companies refused to comply with the subpoenas, which led to the filing of this enforcement action.
The companies and individuals sued by McGraw’s office include the following:
- County Filing Services, Inc., Portfolio Investment Financial, and Todd Loop
- Investment Management and Recoveries, Inc. and Randall Ray Goins
- Rosenthal, Stein and Associates, LLC and Sharisse Williams
- Vision Credit Solutions, LLC and James P. Belstadt
- National Capital Management, Inc., Ryan Daniel Todora, and Natalie Lynn Rowe
- Dorsey Thornton & Associates, LLC, Wyteria Dorsey and Michael Thornton
Attorney General McGraw stated, “In recent years, my office has been flooded with complaints against companies making unlawful threats of arrest or legal action to coerce consumers to pay nonexistent debts or debts that have already been paid. These companies refuse to become licensed in West Virginia and often go through great lengths to keep their whereabouts hidden in order to evade regulation. I have directed my staff to aggressively pursue all such violators and to do whatever it takes to force compliance with laws governing the conduct of collection agencies.” – Source
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