Sued for Fraud – Federal Debt Assistance Association, LLC and Financial Document Assistance Administration, Inc. “FDAA
The CFPB alleges that FDAA’s so-called “debt validation” programs violated the law by falsely promising to eliminate consumers’ debts and improve their credit scores in exchange for thousands of dollars in advance fees.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) October 12, 2017 filed suit in federal court against Federal Debt Assistance Association, LLC., Financial Document Assistance Administration, Inc. “FDAA” and Clear Solutions, Inc. and their owners for falsely presenting FDAA as being affiliated with the federal government.
“FDAA and its owners lied to financially vulnerable consumers to line their pockets with cash,”
“Today’s lawsuit seeks to stop these deceptive practices, impose civil money penalties, and return to cheated consumers the fees they paid to these companies.” CFPB Director Richard Cordray.
Vincent Piccione, David Piccione, and Robert Pantoulis own or owned the FDAA companies and Clear Solutions.
The CFPB’s lawsuit alleges that the companies lied about having an affiliation with the federal government to lure financially vulnerable consumers into paying thousands of dollars in illegal advance fees.
- CFPB alleges the following illegal practices:
• Deceiving consumers about an affiliation with the federal government.
• Deceiving consumers about the companies’ debt-relief and credit-repair services abilities.
• Failing to make proper disclosures about not paying debts: FDAA failed to disclose that not making payments may result in the consumer being sued by creditors or debt collectors and may increase the amount of money the consumer owes due to the accrual of fees and interest.
• Taking illegal advance fees for debt-relief and credit-repair services.Click here for a copy of the complaint