Maine AG Queues Up and Sues Credit Solutions of America.

Attorney General Janet Mills announced today that she has filed suit against Credit Solutions of America, Inc. (CSA) and its president, Douglas Van Arsdale, for unfair and deceptive practices in the marketing and provision of debt settlement services to hundreds of Maine consumers. This lawsuit follows an investigation conducted by staff in the Attorney General’s … Read more

Now You Know the Debt Settlement Industry is in Trouble When Alaska Cracks Down

Alaska, otherwise known as the last of the rough and tumble frontiers in America, is often the last bastion of lawlessness. Have you watched the Alaska State Trooper television show? A story by KYUU in Alaska made me chuckle. Apparently Alaska is outraged by the actions of debt settlement companies that are charging up-front fees. … Read more

Illinois Attorney General Madigan Sues Company Making Debt Reduction Promises

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit targeting a telemarketing scam that promises to immediately reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates but ultimately fails to achieve any savings for consumers. “During these difficult economic times, consumers are understandably looking for ways to ease the burdens of rising debt,” Madigan said. “But I urge … Read more

Florida Attorney General Wants Debt Settlement Companies to Put Up Before You Pay Up

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that he has co-sponsored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to amend a federal rule that would require debt relief service companies to provide services before collecting any fees. The letter was also sponsored by the Attorneys General of Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. Debt … Read more

New Law Prevents Foreclosure Relief and Mortgage Modification Services From Charging an Up-Front Fee

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a consumer alert warning California homeowners to avoid individuals and businesses that charge up up-front fees for foreclosure relief services in light of a just-enacted state law that makes this “abusive practice” subject to prosecution. “Over the past two years, unscrupulous attorneys and real estate brokers … Read more

New York Attorney General Wins $200,000 Penalty Against Debt Settlement Company

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has won a lawsuit against a national debt settlement company, barring the company from doing business in New York state unless it posts a $500,000 performance bond to protect consumers. The decision also levies nearly $200,000 in penalties against the company for defrauding thousands of … Read more

Illinois Attorney General Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Industry

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today took further action to reform an abusive debt settlement industry that wreaks havoc on financially strapped consumers who are increasingly desperate to manage their rising debts in these difficult economic times. Madigan proposed legislation to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair practices that harm consumers including charging upfront … Read more

California Arrests Dude Operating “No FICO” Credit Card & Credit Repair Scam While Out on Bail

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced that agents from his office and the Santa Ana Police Department have arrested a “serial con artist” who defrauded hundreds of people by charging them $500 to apply for credit cards that did not exist. Ralph Adam Rendon, 33, of Orange County, was arrested late last … Read more

California Sues Credit Repair Business for Operating Illegally

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today sued Todd Swick and Michael Sardo, owners of Los Angeles based Executive Financial Credit Services, for ignoring “repeated warnings” to register with his office and post a $100,000 bond with the Secretary of State. “Swick and Sardo violated California law by refusing to register their credit repair … Read more

Three Mortgage Brokers Arrested in Handcuffs from Mortgage Refinance Scam

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that agents from his office have arrested Michael McConville, and two of his associates for their roles in a “criminal conspiracy” to steal nearly $1 million from borrowers seeking to refinance their homes. McConville and his co-conspirators lured dozens of borrowers into refinancing home loans by … Read more

Credit Repair and Credit Counseling Firms Banned From New Jersey

A Final Consent Judgment has been entered against the defendants sued by the Office of the Attorney General in New Jersey and its Division of Consumer Affairs for allegedly offering credit repair and credit counseling services that consumers paid for but did not receive. Defendants United Credit Adjusters, Bankruptcy Masters Corp., United Counseling Association, Inc., … Read more

Judgments Tossed Out Against Debtors in New York. Law Firms and Debt Collectors Sued.

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has sued 35 law firms and two debt collectors in New York State in order to throw out an estimated 100,000 default judgments improperly obtained against New York consumers. This is the latest action in Cuomo’s ongoing investigation into unlawful debt collection practices. According … Read more

California Sues Individuals, Lawyers and Companies That Offered Loan Modification Services

Attorney General Brown Sues 21 Individuals and 14 Companies Who Ripped Off Homeowners Desperate for Mortgage Relief As part of a massive federal-state crackdown on loan modification scams, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. at a press conference today announced the filing of legal action against 21 individuals and 14 companies who ripped off thousands … Read more

New Jersey Goes After Loan Modification and Debt Settlement Companies. Suits Filed.

Continuing the State’s effort to combat mortgage-related fraud, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced today the filing of two new lawsuits charging a total of 10 individual and corporate defendants with selling bogus loan modification services to distressed homeowners. Defendants in the two unrelated cases are charged with collecting unlawful “up-front” fees for loan … Read more

Missouri Attorney General Testifies Before U.S. Senate About Debt Settlement and Mortgage Rescue Scams

Attorney General Chris Koster will testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee today on the increase in mortgage-rescue and debt-settlement fraud Missouri is experiencing during the downward economic times. I just watched the live feed of his testimony and hopefully his testimony will be made public. If you are running a debt settlement company in … Read more