FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Contact: Norman Googel
Phone: (800) 368-8808
Attorney General Darrell McGraw Secures $34,000 in Refunds from Out-of-State Debt Relief Companies for 41 West Virginians
CHARLESTON – The Office of West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced settlement agreements with two debt relief companies, Allied Corporate Connection, LLC of Mesa, AZ, and Premiere Debt Solutions, LLC of Orlando, FL, that will result collectively in refunds of nearly $34,000 to 41 West Virginia consumers.
McGraw’s office opened investigations of Allied and Premiere last year after receiving complaints from consumers who were persuaded by telemarketers to pay an advance fee that ranged from $495 to $1,895 to "guarantee" a reduction in their credit card debt. Consumers reported that the promised debt relief was never provided.
"My office pays close attention to telemarketing companies that seek to profit at the expense of consumers already facing dire financial circumstances," Attorney General McGraw stated. "We intervene whenever we learn of companies operating here without required licenses, making illegitimate debt-relief promises, or providing no relief to their customers."
McGraw’s office has been among the forefront of state attorneys general in combating unscrupulous debt relief companies for several years, entering into settlements with 30 debt relief companies that have resulted in refunds of more than $2.1 million for 4,062 West Virginia consumers.
State regulators frequently find that "debt negotiation" companies such as Allied and Premiere do not hold the necessary licenses to engage in debt relief services or telemarketing sales. In the settlement agreement with Attorney General McGraw, Allied owners Lisa Miller and Emory "Jack" Holley IV, and Premiere owner Shabana M. Khablal agreed to refrain from doing business in West Virginia without complying with the state laws that govern telemarketing and debt relief businesses.
To report a scam or file a complaint, West Virginians can reach the Attorney General’s Office online at www.wvago.gov or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-368-8808. For regular consumer news updates, follow "AGWestV" on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.