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May 25, 2016

Posted  May 25, 2016

Florida and the Federal Trade Commission announced two joint actions against alleged unlawful debt relief operations targeting student loan holders. In the first action, the enforcement agencies filed a joint action against Chasity Valdes and her companies, Consumer Assistance LLC, Consumer Assistance Project Corp. and Palermo Global LLC, alleging that the defendants took illegal up-front fees in return for their purported debt relief and credit repair services that they falsely claimed would reduce consumers’ student loan debt and repair the consumers’ credit. According to the complaint, the defendants led consumers to believe they qualified for government student loan forgiveness programs that would result in a reduction of their student loan debt, even though the programs have strict requirements that the consumers were likely not to meet. The complaint also alleges defendants misrepresented that they would audit consumers’ loans for errors that would invalidate the loans or reduce the balance, when in reality, at most, defendants merely sent worthless form dispute letters. FL

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