Buffalo Collection Agencies Sued by state AG

  • Written by Steel Rose

Several Buffalo suburb, Amherst-based debt collection companies, two owners and two of their managers are being sued by state Attorney General Letitia James and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for allegedly using illegal methods to demand payment of debts, James announced.

Named in the lawsuit are Christopher Di Re and Scott Croce, who James said have ownership interests in some or all of the companies; and Brian Koziel and Marc Gracie of Keystone Recovery Group, who James said have been managers of some or all of the companies.

 Also named in the lawsuit, in addition to Keystone Recovery Group, are JPL Recovery Solutions, LLC; Regency One Capital LLC; ROC Asset Solutions LLC, doing business as API Recovery Solutions; and Check Security Associates LLC, doing business as Warner Location Services and Orchard Payment Processing Systems.
   James said the companies operated as a common enterprise, sharing headquarters, exchanging financial transactions and buying out each others’ acquired debts.
 According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, the companies since 2015 have harassed consumers, fraudulently threatened them with arrest or other legal action, and lied to them about how much debt they owed. To read more, click here
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