Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the filing of a stipulated consent judgment against Bobby R. Blackmon, Financial Help Services, Inc. and Nation Wide Consumer Debt Relief based on alleged unfair and deceptive business practices.
Blackmon’s two companies provided credit counsel management services to consumers in 48 states. Bondi presented stacks of consumer complaints stating the defendants withdrew consumers’ funds to pay creditors on a monthly basis, but did not pay the creditors within the 30 days as required by law. In some cases, the defendants did not pay the creditors at all.
Bondi and Blackmon reached an agreement that shuts down the two businesses and bans them from engaging in any consumer debt-related services. It will also cost the defendants at least one million dollars, including $600,000 in full consumer restitution. The remainder of the $7 million judgment will be suspended. However, if any of the material terms contained in the judgment are violated, the full $7 million judgment will be reinstated.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a similar lawsuit in Illinois in December, suing a company called Carrey Services, Inc. and its President, Reynaldo Rojas. The “mortgage rescue” company allegedly charged struggling homeowners $20,000 in upfront fees for mortgage relief. Ultimately, the company provided little, if any, assistance to keep consumers in their homes. Madigan’s suit is seeking to shut down the business and obtain restitution for consumers.
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