Here is another outrageous situation involving illegal
tactics used by some collectors. In this instance, the agency targets
only US military and as part of its routine collection efforts, it threatened
jail time as well as a dishonorable discharge if the service member did not
pay. Happily in this case, the agency is now shut down and the owner is
barred from the collection business, albeit for only a short time.
"Accusations against Lowinger included threatening
service members with arrest by military police and receiving dishonorable
discharges if they did not make good and pay up on loans they had received as
advances on their paychecks....'Ms. Lowinger would tell the family that they
would need to make restitution, or the family member in the military would be
dishonorably discharged and arrested by the military police.'
If this ploy failed, Lowinger ordered her staff to locate
the commanding officers of service members in arrears, authorities said. When
they got an officer on the phone, the call was transferred to Lowinger, who was
not above screaming at them."
agrees to close down business, BuffaloNews.com
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