A-G settles with debt collection firm for $8.8 million

[private]The attorney general’s office has agreed to settle a case against the debt collection firm Williamson and McKevie and its owner, Greg Williamson, for $8.8 million over charges that the company violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.

The allegations included that Williamson and McKevie harassed and deceived consumers by threatening them with arrest if they did not pay an alleged debt, falsely representing that consumers had committed criminal acts and that a lawsuit was about to be filed, and falsely implying that representatives were attorneys rather than disclosing that they were debt collectors.

“It is plain and simple, any debt collector that employs abusive, deceptive and illegal tactics in Georgia will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Chris Carr.

The company has been ordered to cease collections on 10,922 accounts it owns and turn those accounts over to the attorney general: a total of $8.79 million in purported consumer debt.  The company must also pay a $20,000 civil penalty

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