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Debt Settlement Scammers Headed to Jail

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A couple claiming to settle debts and soliciting funds to do so was sentenced to jail last week. Monica Clune, along with her husband John, solicited the victims for debt settlement services. After receiving initial fees, the Clunes proceeded to collect money from the victims claiming they were obtaining settlements from creditors on behalf of the victims. After forwarding about ... Read More »

    No Apparent Honor in Debt Settlement. Kevin Devoto Sues Lloyd Regner

    Kevin Devoto and Lloyd Regner have appeared in a number of stories over the years. Generally they were associated with Lloyd Ward in some sort of related enterprise or lawsuit. But the tides have apparently turned. A tipster (send in your tips here) just forwarded to me a suit that was filed in Texas on March 12, 2012 by Kevin ... Read More »

      Sameer Lakhany & Precision Law Center Halted by FTC

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      At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that took in more than $1 million by allegedly selling homeowners bogus mortgage relief and foreclosure rescue products, including a scam that falsely promised to get help for homeowners who joined others to file so-called “mass joinder” lawsuits against their lenders. This is the ... Read More »

        Ohio AG Files Against California Debt Relief Companies Who Did Not Give Refunds

        On March 8, 2012 the State of Ohio filed suit against Nelson Gamble & Associates, Jackson Hunter, Morris & Knight, and Jeremy Nelson. The suit alleges that Nelson Gamble & Associates, a Colorado corporation, that said they were actually located at 18101 Von Karman Avenue, 3rd Floor, Irvine, California 92612. and Jackson Hunter Morris & Knight, a Nevada company, was ... Read More »

          Precision Law Center Disappearance Solved. FTC Took Action.

          Thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) the mystery about what happened to Precision Law Center is not solved. According to the Precision Law Receivership site: On March 5, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission filed an action against Defendants Sameer Lakhany, The Credit Chop, LLC, Fidelity Legal Services LLC, Titanium Realty Inc., Precision Law Center, Inc., and Precision ... Read More »

            Silverleaf Debt Solutions Hit With indiana Default Judgment

            On February 10, 2012 Silverleaf Debt Solutions of Dallas, Texas was hit with a default judgment by the State of Indiana. Apparently Silverleaf Debt Solutions received this default judgment because they failed to respond to the Indiana inquiries. According to the default judgment against Silverleaf Debt Solutions, LLC entered, the company, Silverleaf, failed to “appear, plead, or otherwise respond” to ... Read More »

              Indiana Going After or Looking at a Number of Debt Relief Companies

              According to the Office of the Attorney General of Indiana, they are going after a number of debt relief companies and have filed recent suits. The Attorney General’s Office filed lawsuits against: Consumer Credit Group of Florida and Proactive Planning Solutions of Arizona for violating Indiana’s Do Not Call Law and Auto-Dialer Act known as the robo-call law. Both companies ... Read More »

                Christian Sounding Debt Advice Groups Sued by Consumer – Good Shepherd Debt Relief and Trinity Financial Mission

                A recent suit against Good Shepherd Debt Relief, Trinity Financial Mission, and Allen Morrow was brought to my attention by a reader. I’ve written about both Good Shepherd Debt Relief and Trinity Financial Mission in the past. The suit by Dallas Yoder in Ohio claims Good Shepherd Debt Relief, Trinity Financial Mission, and Allen Morrow were offering debt settlement and ... Read More »

                  Consumer Law Group Sued by Florida Attorney General as a Debt Settlement Loopholer

                  A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me a copy of a recent case filed by the Attorney General of Florida against Consumer Law Group, Michael Metzner, David Ran Barnea, Ran Barnea, and Daniel Post. This seems to be an excellent case of the advanced fee debt settlement legal model, unraveling. It was not all that long ago ... Read More »

                    A American Debt Consolidation Hit by Louisiana for Missing Bond

                    A cease-and-desist order has been issued for A American Debt Consolidation on Center Street in New Iberia for allegedly failing to provide the necessary $100,000 bond required for credit repair companies by state law. The order was issued on Jan. 24 by the Louisiana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Public Protection Division, Consumer Protection Section. The business ... Read More »

                      Housing Counselor Sentenced to 72 Months in Jail for Stealing Money to Pay Her Mortgage

                      Nonprofit housing counselors Lori Macakanja, 35, of Dunkirk, New York, was convicted of mail fraud and theft of government money, was sentenced to 72 months in prison and three years supervised release and ordered to pay $298,639 in restitution to victims. Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini Ross, who handled the case, stated that Macakanja, in her capacity as a housing counselor ... Read More »

                        Persels & Associates Named in Georgia Class Action With Host of Major Players in Debt Relief

                        On January 28, 2012 Carla Broyles, Charity Miaco and Melba Walker filed a class action lawsuit in Georgia against Persels & Associates, Ruther & Associates, Freedom Debt Relief, Consumer Law Associates, Amerix, Careone Services, Tiffany Rowe. The suit states it covers all Georgia resident debtors who have done business with Defendants since July 2003 to the present for violations of ... Read More »

                          North Carolina Calls Consumer Law Group Bogus in Settlement Announcement

                          It appears an issue with North Carolina and Consumer Law Group finally came to an end. You can read past stories about Consumer Law Group here. What was most interesting about the Consumer Law Group action North Carolina took was the definition of what true attorney representation was in a debt settlement program. Not only did North Carolina not buy ... Read More »

                            T Bank Former President to Face OCC Charges Over Processing Credit Repair Payments

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                            OCC Will Hold Hearing on Charges against Patrick Adams; Agency Seeks Personal Cease & Desist Order and $100,000 Civil Money Penalty The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced a public hearing before an Administrative Law Judge beginning Monday, January 23, 2012, concerning an enforcement proceeding against Patrick Adams, former President and Chief Executive Officer of T ... Read More »

                              Court Freezes Assets of Debt Relief Company Premier Savings

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                              At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has frozen the assets of a telemarketing operation that allegedly charged consumers hundreds of dollars based on bogus promises to either provide them with low-interest credit or refund their money. The court also has ordered the illegal conduct to stop while the FTC moves forward with the case. ... Read More »

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