Suit alleges debt collector referred to costumers as criminals

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 27, 2013, 1:35pm

TYLER - A debt collection agency is being sued by several consumers who allege the agency threatened them with legal action and referred to them as criminals.

Barbara Hall, Adam Seas, Mary Carbonneau, Michael Miranda, Jeremy Beish, Jeffrey Chisar and Scott Hyde filed suit against National Credit Adjusters on Dec. 17 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. 

According to the suit, each plaintiff incurred a financial obligation to a creditor and the debt was purchased, assigned or transferred to NCA for collection.

The plaintiffs allege NCA representatives made daily calls to their cell phones and to the places of employment. The defendant also threatened to take the plaintiffs to court and referred to the individuals as criminals, according to the suit.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

The lawsuit is seeking an award of actual damages, statutory damages, punitive damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Jody B. Burton of Lemberg Law LLC in Stamford, Conn.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge John D. Love is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:13-cv-00961

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