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Beginning July 21, a new agency will join the Federal Trade Commission to investigate complaints and violations of debt collection agencies, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new federal watchdog group, will have many regulatory powers that could further negate harassing and illegal debt colle... [More]

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A former software-company-turned collections agency plans to take on 120 new employees by 2012 due to revenue growth that has far exceeded expectations.CKS Financial, a collections firm based in Chesapeake, Virginia, expects to hire 41 workers this year and another 80 or so next year, according to The Virginian-Pilot."We have exceeded our expe... [More]

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A Lonsdale, Minnesota-based debt collector recently had his license revoked by the Minnesota Department of Commerce after being found to have violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as well as state law, according to the Northfield News.Khemall Jokhoo, owner of First Financial Services, allegedly threatened to have consumers arrested and en... [More]

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A Metairie, Louisiana, businessman was recently held in contempt of court by the state attorney general's office after violating a court order that prevented him, his son and another employee at the debt collection agencies where they worked from continuing to operate accounts receivable management businesses, according to the Times-Picayune.In... [More]

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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs recently reported that debt collection was the top consumer complaint in the state last year, accounting for 13 percent of the grievances logged by the agency, according to The State newspaper. Consumers, who lodged nearly 5,500 complaints, were able to reclaim a total of $580,000 through refunds, c... [More]

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