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Apparently Tim McCallan is in Jail Writing Letters

A routine check on what was going on with former debt relief bigwig Tim McCallan with his bankruptcy case seems to have discovered him in jail. McCallan has been either directly involved in or tangentially involved in a lot of debt relief company iterations that have been shuttered or closed by failure or regulatory action. …

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Andris Pukke and Sanctuary Belize Update from Insiders

In the past I’d written about Andris Pukke from AmeriDebt fame. Pukke went on to become affiliated with a real estate development in Belize named Sanctuary Belize. I just received the following user supplied content on events at the development. It appears there is some similar information on this site. Sanctuary Belize Submitted Update “I …

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Whatever Happened With My Money From Allegro Law, Americorp, and Tim McCallan?

Question: Dear Steve, I was a victim of Allegro Law and have received my partial distribution. Why has Allegro Law now not permitting us to ask questions? Why have they not updated their site with information in over two years? And finally, will their be a final distribution and when? Thank you. Wayne Answer: Dear …

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Andris Pukke From Ameridebt Still Dealing With Courts

Andris Pukke

A tipster (send in your tips here) mentioned something about Andris Pukke still dealing with his criminal case filed by the United States in 2010. Pukke, as you may remember, was charged with crimes related to his debt relief activities and wound up eventually serving jail time. You can see the back history if you …

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Still Dealing With Andris Pukke, DebtWorks, and AmeriDebt

Not much shocks me in the debt world but this announcement from the Federal Trade Commission, did. The FTC just announced, “FTC Sends More Than $1.79 Million in Refunds to Consumers Defrauded by AmeriDebt Scam.” The AmeriDebt case goes all the way back to November 19, 2003 and the FTC is still dealing with recovering …

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Sanctuary Belize, Andris Pukke, Todd Cook, Peter Baker & Ameridebt

Please see updates on July 15, 2013 and July 23, 2013 to this article at bottom. Recently tips and information has been trickling in regarding an old debt relief industry name I had not heard for awhile, Andris Pukke. Pukke was nailed by the FTC for his operation of Ameridebt and even did some jail …

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Former Ameridebt Credit Counseling CEO Headed to Jail

Andris Pukke, the former head of the nonprofit credit counseling group Ameridebt was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday. This marks his second trip back to jail for activities that began with his credit counseling operation in Germantown, Maryland. Pukke pled guilty in January to hiding funds from authorities after he was ordered to …

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Why the Debt Relief Industry Needs GetOutOfDebt.org

In the early 2000s I received a call from a regulator friend that changed my life and eventually led to the work I do here reporting on the debt relief industry. This was back in my Myvesta days and the regulator friend said, “Steve, I’m planning to go after Ameridebt by working to pass new …

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

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 …

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Credit Counseling Groups in the Crosshairs With Pay For Performance History

This comes straight from a tipster (send in your tips here) who directed me to the site of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. I reached out to CPM for additional information but as of the time of publication I had not heard back. Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy is continuing its investigation into fraudulent “debt counseling” and …

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