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Volume 25 - Number 26

December 22, 2014

Bureau, FL AG, Move Against Debt- Relief Firms Targeting Fed. Loans

In another example of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional legal action, the CFPB and Florida’s Attorney General Office brought an enforcement against two student debt-relief companies accused of tricking borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal loan benefits. “We allege that both companies exploited vulnerable student loan borrowers, made false promises about their debt-relief services, and charged illegal upfront fees,” said CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra. The bureau and the Florida AG shut down Tampa-based student loan debt-relief company College Education Services, and its owners, Marcia Elena Vargas and Frank Liz, for allegedly scamming students into paying upfront fees for student loan debt consolidation, loan forgiveness, and relief from garnishments, services that were never provided or not performed as promised, according to ...

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