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American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc in Boca Raton, FL

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. located at 7601 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton and Michael DiPanni, owner, for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule.  The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on May 30, 2013.  The case is Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. America Debt Settlement Solutions et al, case number 9:13-cvc-80548   The suit alleges that $500,000 in illegal fees were collected from consumers in multiple states by promising to help them pay down a large portion of their debts within three to six months of enrolling in the company’s debt relief program.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking a $15,000 fine from DiPanni and ADSS and would seek to bar DiPanni from the debt collection business.

The Minnesota Attorney General also filed suit against the company alleging that they signed up Minnesota consumers for debt settlement contracts after August 1, 2009 without being registered with the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  The suit also alleges that the company charged consumer fees of hundreds or thousands of dollars in excess of those allowed by Minnesota law.

 

 

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