Posts Tagged ‘FTC’

FTC orders telemarketing scheme operators to pay $7.5 million in consumer redress

FTC telemarketing scheme settlement On March 13, 2017, the FTC issued a press release announcing that it reached a settlement with the operators of a telemarketing scheme that had allegedly harmed thousands of consumers across the country. According to the FTC, many of the consumers targeted by the scheme were elderly individuals or military veterans living on fixed income.

Under the terms of the stipulated final order, the defendants must pay approximately $7.5 million in consumer redress. The defendants are also prohibited from telemarketing, marketing investment opportunities, and selling or otherwise benefiting from consumers’ personal information.


FTC obtains $9 million judgment against United Debt Counselors

United Debt FTCOn March 7, 2017, the FTC issued a press release announcing that it had entered into a stipulated order with a debt relief company that allegedly misled consumers and charged illegal advance fees. Under the terms of the order, the United Debt Counselors, LLC will be prohibited from making misleading claims about its debt relief services.

United Debt Counselors, LLC, formerly known as United Debt Services, LLC (“United Debt” or “Defendants”) is headquartered in Frisco, Texas and has offered and engaged in debt relief services since 2011.


FTC reaches $1.7 million settlement with mortgage relief scam defendant

On February 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that it had entered into a stipulated order with a defendant in an alleged mortgage relief scam.

The defendant, Gabriel Stewart was the last of six defendants to resolve charges brought by the FTC in July 2014. The FTC alleged that the defendants were involved in a mortgage relief scam that “preyed upon distressed homeowners,” including elderly consumers.


Debt collector to pay $700,000 in settlement with FTC

On February 14, 2017, the FTC issued a press release announcing that it had reached a settlement agreement with GC Services Limited Partnership to resolve allegations that GC used “unlawful tactics to collect on federal student loans and other debts.” Under the settlement agreement, GC will pay a $700,000 civil money penalty.

GC is a third-party debt collector that focuses on collection of federal student loans and other types of debt. GC is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


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