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Student Loan Assistance Employees Facing up to Five Years of Jail

The Department of Education has just announced a new policy that subjects third parties to up to “criminal penalties that include a fine of not more than $20,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, beginning one day after the date of publication of this notice.” It does appear that nonprofits get a … Read more

Student Loan Debt Relief Scammer Brandon Frere Agrees to Settle FTC Charges

Student loan debt relief scammer Brandon Frere and his companies, including Ameritech Financial, have entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges they misled approximately 40,000 consumers about lowering their student loan debt. According to the FTC’s 2018 complaint, Brandon Frere and his companies sent personalized mail to consumers that falsely claimed … Read more

Performance SLC and Performance Settlement Target of CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today filed a complaint against Performance SLC, LLC (PSLC), a California debt-relief business focused on federal student loan debt; Performance Settlement, LLC (PSettlement), a California debt-settlement company; and Daniel Crenshaw, the owner and CEO of the two companies. The Bureau alleges that PSLC and Crenshaw charged illegal advance fees … Read more

You Thought it Was Over. It’s Not Over with CFPB and Student Loan Assistance Players.

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Back in May the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered a stipulated final judgment and order against Defendant Chou Team Realty, LLC, Defendants and Relief Defendants Thomas Chou and Sean Cowell, and Relief Defendants TDK Enterprises, LLC and Cre8labs, Inc., which resolved the Bureau’s claims against them. On July 7, 2020, the Court entered a … Read more

Court Rules in FTC’s Favor Against Student Debt Relief Scammers

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission in a case against the operators of a student loan debt relief scheme. The defendants are banned from telemarketing or providing debt relief services. The court found that the operators, doing business as Federal Direct Group, … Read more

Why Does Equitable Acceptance Want to Hide Information From the Public

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Equitable Acceptance has been or was a big player in the student loan assistance space. While it might not have been the intention of Equitable Acceptance to create an unfortunate situation of enabling less than stellar student loan relief companies to sell questionable services, sell the originated contracts to Equitable Acceptance, get paid a portion, … Read more

CFPB Sues Another Student Loan Debt Relief Operation

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today filed a complaint in the federal district court for the Central District of California against GST Factoring, Inc., which runs a student-loan debt-relief business in Texas, and two of its owners, Rick Graff and Gregory Trimarche, as well as Champion Marketing Solutions, LLC, a customer service and marketing … Read more

CFPB Sues and Settles With Student Loan Assistance Company

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) settled with Timemark, Inc., a company based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that provides debt-relief services to consumers with federal student-loan debt, and with its owners and officers, Timothy Lenihan, Sr., Mark Nagler, and Casey Gassaway. The Bureau alleged that the defendants charged illegal advance fees in violation of the … Read more