The FTC has been targeting fraudulent payday lending companies, headquartered in Missouri and Kansas, with consumer settlements reaching as high as $1.266 billion. The FTC recently announced charges against Joel Jerome Tucker, and his companies, SQ Capital LLC, JT Holding Inc., and HPD LLC, for selling portfolios made up of phony payday loans.
The loans listed in the portfolios named fake lenders and debtors, including their social security and bank account numbers, and led to collection activities against consumers who had not taken out loans, according to the FTC.
In another case, a settlement was reached between the FTC and payday lenders, Tim Coppinger and Ted Rowland, and their companies.
Under the terms of the agreement, the lenders paid nearly $1 million with the threat of substantially greater judgments (up to $32 million) should they fail to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement. The fraudulent activity included debiting money from the accounts of people who never requested loans, but for whom the payday lender had obtained personal information. They would then charge interest and fees on the unauthorized loans.
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