Debt Settlement CEO Goes to Jail. Industry Goes to Denial.

Recently attorney Michael Livitis, the CEO of Mission Settlement Agency, was sentenced to nine years in jail. His co-defendants, Denis Kuryland, Boris Schulman, and Manuel Cruz pled guilty as well. This case wasn’t an unusual outlier. From all outward appearances it was your run of the mill attorney model debt settlement agency that made promises, … Read more

Debt Settlement Exec Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges and Looks at Jail

A former attorney and day-to-day controller of a New York based debt settlement company pled guilty to criminal charges on Tuesday. Michael Levitis faces up to 10 years behind prison for ripping off consumers with his Mission Settlement Agency, and Alpha Debt Settlement. The United States of America pursued Levitis for mail fraud and wire … Read more

Meracord / NoteWorld Falls to CFPB. Global Client Solutions to Follow?

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an action and settlement against Meracord, previously known as NoteWorld. Meracord was one of the two primary players assisting debt relief companies to collect money from consumers and then pass it on to debt relief companies. Global Client Solutions is the second. What makes this current episode all … Read more

U.S. Attorney Plans More Criminal Actions in Debt Relief Industry

NY officials vow attack on predatory debt-fixing (via The Dispatch)

Federal authorities announced a crackdown Tuesday on predatory businesses that cheat “desperate and vulnerable” people harmed by the 2008 financial crisis with phony promises to consolidate their debt. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that charges were brought against the owner and…

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The CFPB Civil Action Against Mission Settlement, Levitis, Lupolover, and Others

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action yesterday in a coordinated effort with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and took both civil and criminal action against Mission Settlement Agency and others. Named in the civil complaint filed were Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, Michael Levitis, Law Office of Michael Levitis, Premier Consulting Group, and Law … Read more

How Debt Settlement Employees Can Avoid Long Jail Time

Yesterday a U.S. Attorney announced criminal charges against debt settlement company owners and employees for fraudulently selling debt relief services to consumers in financial trouble. The Indictment laid out a pattern of activity that many inside debt settlement companies will recognize, if they swivel their chair around. Sadly, what has been assumed to be the … Read more

Debt Settlement Company and Employees Criminally Charged in Fraud.

Today the Manhattan U.S. Attorney filed a criminal indictment against Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, LLC, Alpha Debt Settlement, Michael Levitis, Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, Manuel Cruz, and James Leon. The criminal indictment filed should be of interest to many that were or still are in the advance fee debt settlement business. The activities described … Read more

AFCC Current Member Criminally Charged in Debt Settlement Fraudulent Scheme

In what must certainly be a terrible embarrassment for the American Fair Credit Council, AFCC, one of their members was criminally indicted today by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. According to documents released today, Mission Settlement Agency, Michael Levitis, and employees Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, and Manuel Cruz have been criminally indicted for misrepresenting debt settlement … Read more

Debt Settlement Attorneys Named in CFPB Action. Some Criminally Charged.

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney both announced legal action against a number of individuals. This action seems to cast a bright light into the dark closet of debt settlement activities that have harmed consumers for a number of years. What makes this case new and unique is the extensive … Read more

Non-Profit Credit Counselors Watched by New York for Bogus Activities

In a story that would have been just about a presentation to the New York City Council about debt settlement activities comes a glance into the activities of some debt settlement companies to attempt to loophole out of FTC new rules to regulate debt relief activities. The documents from the meeting say: Karen S is … Read more