The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with three defendants who allegedly posed as lawyers and falsely threatened to sue people or have them arrested for failing to pay on debts they did not owe are banned from the debt collection business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Under the settlement order, Hardco Holding Group LLC, S&H Financial Group Inc. and Daryl M. Hall (all doing business as Alliance Law Group) are banned from participating in debt collection activities, buying or selling consumer or commercial debt, and trading in consumer information related to a debt. They are also prohibited from making misrepresentations about any product or service, profiting from consumers’ personal information obtained from any debt collection activities, and failing to dispose of consumers’ information properly.
The order imposes a $702,059 judgment that will be partially suspended upon the surrender of certain assets. The full judgment will become due immediately if the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial condition. Litigation continues against the remaining defendant, Dequan M. Sicard.
The Commission vote approving the proposed stipulated order was 2-0. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division entered the order on December 5, 2017.
The FTC’s announcement noted that stipulated final orders have the force of law when approved and signed by the District Court judge.
This is good news. And, FTC… please refrain from calling scammers debt collectors. They are crooks who have chosen to use debt collection as a cover. I suppose you could have said, “FTC Bans Three Lawyers from Practicing Law.” Just as these defendants weren’t lawyers, they also weren’t debt collectors. But nonetheless, thank you for being on the case to hold scammers to account.