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Debt collector will shut down ’courtroom’

Published: Wed, November 3, 2010 @ 8:39 a.m.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania debt collector has agreed to cease collection tactics the state says included a sham courtroom where customers would be summoned.

Unicredit America Inc. agreed Tuesday to stop sending letters to consumers threatening them with arrest if they failed to respond. Erie County Judge Michael Dunlavey also ordered the mock courtroom torn down within 30 days.

The state attorney general’s office says Unicredit used people appearing to be sheriff’s deputies to deliver hearing notices to consumers and used fake court proceedings to get money from them. Authorities say a person dressed in black would preside from behind a raised bench at the front of the room.

The state has also filed a civil suit against Unicredit alleging unfair trade practices. That suit seeks civil penalties for hundreds of affected consumers.


1Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

how are they not arrested they where impersonating law enforcement

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2BLOGFROG(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What the he..?! The real court only wants these people to dismantle the fake court!? Then charge them with a civil slap?!? WHAT ABOUT CRIMINIAL CHARGES!!!!

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3henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What about the money these people owe? I think a little creative thinking is what is needed to clean-up some of the financing mess we are dealing with! People borrowed money with no intention of paying it back! How come the taxpayers are always getting scammed? Why can't we allow the scammers to get scammed to re-coup some of our cash?

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Loan money to a person without a stable employment and credit history then you deserve getting stiffed . You can't get any money from these deadbeats because they are so used to handouts .

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51970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Insane. This company is going to have huge fines levied against them and they deserve it .

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6Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

fines to big corporations are consider just the cost of doing business. They have done criminal acts and like a criminal they need jail time.

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