Debt collection agency sued for threatening to garnish wages

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 18, 2011, 4:17pm

A debt collection agency is being sued for threatening to garnish a Beaumont woman's wages in an effort to collect on a past due debt.

Diana Walter filed suit against CMRE Financial Services Inc. on April 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the lawsuit, the debt collector placed collection calls to Walter with intent to annoy by calling before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m. Walter states she did not received written notification from the defendant within five days of the initial communication. She also states the defendant has hung-up on her during these collection phone calls.

Defendant has threatened Walter with wage garnishment by stating, "You need to pay the debt or we will be forced to garnish your wages," the lawsuit states.

The defendant is also accused of calling Walter's place of employment after she asked them not to.

The defendant is accused of violating the Texas and federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of actual damages, statutory damages, costs and attorney's fees.

Walter is represented by Dave Lilley of Alex Simanovsky & Associates in Wichita Falls. Jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00166

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