Unlawful Debt Collector Permanently Banned from Debt Collection Business

The defendants falsely threatened consumers with arrest or lawsuits if they did not make debt collection payments

Unlawful Debt Collector Permanently Banned from Debt Collection Business
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June 20, 2016

The head of an illegal debt collection operation has been banned from that business under a court order obtained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The court granted the FTC's request for summary judgment on all counts against the defendants in this case, Gail Daniels and The Primary Group Inc., per the charges in an action filed by the agency in May 2015.

The court found that the defendants had deceived consumers via text messages, emails and phone calls that falsely threatened consumers with arrest or lawsuits if they did not make debt collection payments. The court had previously halted the scheme and frozen the defendants' assets pending litigation.

The court's final order bans the defendants from debt collection activities and prohibits them from misrepresenting material facts about financial-related products and services.

The defendants are also barred from profiting from consumers' personal information and failing to dispose of it properly, and imposes a judgment of $980,000, which represents the amount of money the defendants collected from the scheme.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, entered a summary judgment against the defendants on May 19, 2016.

Learn more about Debt Collection and see the list of all companies and individuals banned from the debt collection business on the FTC's website.