Bay Area counties settle consumer fraud case with credit card debt company

Category: Auto Financing Published: Monday, 03 November 2014

MONTERY COUNTY - Prosecutors have settled a consumer fraud case with Debt Free Associates, LLC and are asking eligible clients to seek the refunds they are owed, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said.

As part of the settlement, Debt Free Associates, a Southern California company that promised to reduce consumers credit card debt, sent refund offer letters to consumers who were victimized. Deputy District Attorney Dije Ndreu, who handled the settlement, wants consumers to know these letters are not fraudulent and that if eligible, they only have 60 days to request the refund.

Many victims paid thousands of dollars to the company yet did not have their debt reduced. Also, when consumers tried to cancel their agreements, only a small portion of their payments were reimbursed.

The settlement covers all eligible California consumers, not just those in Monterey County. Prosecutors with the Monterey and Contra Costa counties were able to find 35 Monterey County victims and 70 in Contra Costa County.




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