2 Arkansas Women Dodge Credit Repair Fraud Allegations
Two Arkansas women who have been sued for defrauding at least 139 people in a credit-repair scam have refused to respond to a judgeâ€™s order to pay $700,000 in penalties and have even started a new credit repair operation, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports (â€śState Wins Credit-Repair Fraud Case,â€ť May 26, 2009).
For four years, Sherrye Mance and Tiffany Morris allegedly defrauded customers seeking the credit repair services of three of their companies. The women, who operated the three unincorporated businesses Financial Services Unlimited, Service Unlimited Inc., and Credit Counseling Service, have reportedly started running a new credit repair operation under the name â€śFresh Start Credit Service.â€ť
In a lawsuit, the Arkansas attorney general has accused Mance and Morris â€” who collectively owe their victims $127,565 â€” of charging customers for â€śservices purported to improve a customerâ€™s credit history, credit record, and credit ratings,â€ť although these services were likely never â€śactually performed.â€ť
Mance and Morris have, so far, refused to respond to the lawsuit, missed their court hearing, and failed to respond to a court injunction. Meanwhile, the Arkansas attorney generalâ€™s office has already started receiving complaints from California residents about the defendantsâ€™ new company.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel believes the two women still live nearby â€” Mance in a neighboring Arkansas county and Morris in Mississippi. McDaniel says he is exploring all legal options that would force the women to pay the penalty fees and repay the 139 affected customers.
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