DOJ Files First Criminal Action On CFPB Referral, CFPB Files Parallel Civil Suit

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On May 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced mail and wire fraud charges against a debt settlement firm, its owner, and three of its employees. The government alleges the defendants lied to prospective customers about (i) fees associated with the company’s debt relief products, (ii) the company’s purported affiliation with the federal government and leading credit bureaus, and (iii) the results achieved for its customers. On the same day, the CFPB filed a civil complaint against the same debt relief provider and one other company in which the CFPB alleges the firms violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Dodd-Frank Act by charging consumers illegal advance fees for debt-settlement services. The CFPB is seeking to halt the operations, collect civil penalties, and obtain customer redress.

Topics:  CFPB, Criminal Prosecution, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, DOJ, Mail Fraud, Telemarketing Sales Rule, Wire Fraud

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