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FTC Moves Against Loan Modification Text Spammer


The Federal Trade Commission asked a federal judge to shut down an operation that allegedly blasted consumers with millions of illegal spam text messages, including many messages that deceptively advertised a mortgage modification website called “” The FTC is asking the court to freeze the defendant’s assets. According to the FTC complaint, the defendant behind the operation, Phillip A. Flora, ... Read More »

    Debt Relief Scammer, Sovereign Citizen Unto Himself, Headed to Jail. TN Attorney Fell for His Debt Renegotiation Scheme.

    A Tennessee businessman, Charles McKuhn, Jr. was found guilty of scamming consumers and churches out of advanced fees for debt reduction, debt consolidation and foreclosure prevention services. McKuhn had claimed his company Taurian Worldwide, Inc. (TWI) has some arrangement to use government bailout dollars to assist people in financial trouble. He also continued his ruse through Interstate Capital Trust, Commercial ... Read More »

      FTC Sues US Mortgage Funding, Debt Remedy Partners,, David Mahler, John Incandela, and Jamen Lachs

      I had heard from multiple tipster (send in your tips here)s over the past ten days about an alleged raid on one or more office in Florida related to some action against U.S. Mortgage Funding. Here are the details of the FTC action against US Mortgage Funding, Debt Remedy Partners,, David Mahler, John Incandela, and Jamen Lachs that was ... Read More »

        DebtOne Financial Solutions and EnDebt to Pay GA Nearly Half Million in Fines

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        Hat tip to a wonderful tipster (send in your tips here) for a heads up on this one. EnDebt, LLC, doing business as DebtOne Financial Solutions, LLC, and EnDebt’s owner, Eric Delariva, were ordered by a Fulton County Superior Court Judge to pay fines and restitution for a series of violations of Georgia’s Fair Business Practices Act as well as ... Read More »

          Florida Finally Opens Investigation Into Nonprofit Credit Counselor United Financial Systems

          United Financial Systems

          The State of Florida has finally opened an investigation to look into the massive number of consumer complaints about the Florida nonprofit credit counseling organization, United Financial Systems. As of today there are 650 BBB complaints and 45 Florida Attorney General complaints filed. For past stories on I have written about the growing mess at United Financial Systems, click here. ... Read More »

            Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and a Whole Bunch of Others Just Served With a Class Action

            A tipster (send in your tips here) directed my attention to a recent class action suit file in New Jersey against a whole host of Legal Helper Debt Resolution friends. In fact the suit names the salesperson involved in the sale of these debt relief services. That will be a cold splash of water for many debt relief salespeople. Here ... Read More »

              Global Client Solutions, GHS Solutions, Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust Get Shutdown on Arbitration. Judge Says No.

              Back in May of 2010, Brett and Linda Davis filed a class action suit against Global Client Solutions, GHS Solutions, and Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust. The suit said: “Defendants are engaged in a continuing class-wide predatory business scheme to financially enrich themselves and defraud Kentucky Class members by violating Kentucky’s Debt Adjusting statute, Chapter 380; by the commission of ... Read More »

                Is HSBC Screwing Consumers in Debt Settlement?

                According to some of my debt settlement friends with the AACC, this HSBC dirty trick is real and they’ve seen evidence of it. It is alleged that HSBC has been setting consumers up to fail on their debt settlement programs, including those put forward by lawyers. The complaint says HSBC agrees to a debt settlement in installments and then when ... Read More »

                  Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

                  Thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) I got a heads up on a class action lawsuit just filed in Washington. The suit was filed against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC, JEM Group, Inc, and Marshall Banks, LLC. Marshall Banks is said to be a lead generator and marketer of debt relief programs. This is interesting in light ... Read More »

                    Consumer Law Group Says the Florida Attorney General Needs to Back Off Investigating Them

                    The Consumer Law Group, American Debt Negotiators, Michael Metzner, Ran Barnea, and Daniel Post have filed suit against the Florida Attorney General. The Consumer Law group and others engage in debt relief services. I’ve written about Consumer Law Group before. This legal model debt settlement firm has been in the news after the BBB warned consumers to stay away from ... Read More »

                      Andris Pukke Pleads Guilty in AmeriDebt Coverup. Probably Headed to Prison.

                      Pukke Pleads

                      In court documents just released, former Ameridebt founder and leader, Andris Pukke has pled guilty to obstruction of justice in his effort to hide millions of dollars of money from his debt relief enterprise. As part of the plea agreement, Pukke, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice and now faces up to ten years in prison, a fin and three ... Read More »

                        FTC Names Debt Settlement Companies Hit in Lead Generator Suit. Settled for 8.5 Million Dollars.

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                        Today the Federal Trade Commission released a suit they filed yesterday against Media Innovations, Hermosa Group, Financial Future Network and Jonathan Greenburg in which they allege debt relief marketing improprieties. The suit also names Debt Group and Epic Financial Management as the companies that received approximately 80% of the leads generated. This action strikes at the heart of lead generators ... Read More »

                          FTC Bans The Hermosa Group and Financial Future Network From Debt Relief Business

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                          Defendants Must Pay $500,000 to Settle Charges Three companies and their owner, who allegedly falsely claimed they could help consumers quickly eliminate their credit card debts and stop calls from debt collectors, have been banned from the debt relief business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC’s complaint, the defendants, doing business as The Hermosa ... Read More »

                            Previous Employees of United Law Group Help Start Brookstone Law

                            Brookstone Law Credit Repair

                            Update 4-8-2011: Brookstone Law is involved in seeking consumers to join mass joinder cases and while this article talks boldly about Brrokstone Law I’ve also published others in which I’ve praised Vito Torchia, Jr. of Brookstone Law. Anyone reading this article and wanting to know more about the reality of the players in the mass joinder space should see Vito ... Read More »

                              Stupid Foreclosure Rescue Group Warned and Then Changes Name. Now Banned in North Carolina.

                              A so-called foreclosure rescue company that previously operated in Charlotte and Colfax, NC and its owner are banned from ever doing foreclosure assistance work in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today. “Taking people’s money and then failing to help them just pushes homeowners even closer to foreclosure,” Cooper said. “We’ll keep going after these foreclosure rescue schemes that ... Read More »

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