Felon-Run Debt Collector Shut Down for Bullying Consumers
After being accused by New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, of using illegal scare tactics to â€śterrifyâ€ť indebted Americans into repaying their debt, a Buffalo, N.Y., debt collection agency run by convicted felons has been shut down by state authorities, The Los Angeles Times reports (â€śAfter TV Report, NY Authorities Shut Down Collection Company Run By Convicted Felons,â€ť June 23, 2009).
â€śThis company was run by people who lied, bullied, and preyed on vulnerable Americans struggling to resolve their financial situation,â€ť Cuomo said. â€śPretending to be a police officer, threatening to throw consumers in jail â€” these practices are despicable as they are illegal.â€ť
Operating under the name Final Claims Asset Locators, among several other names, the debt collection agency had its collectors pose as law enforcement officials who told debtors they were being arrested.
In a recorded conversation, a debt collector even told a debtor, â€śMake sure you have somewhere for your kids to go. Lock up your house. Get some clean clothes, because youâ€™re not coming home anytime soon.â€ť
The debt collection agency was owned by a former drug dealer and convicted felon Tobias Boyland, who also went by the name â€śBags of Moneyâ€ť and who served 13 years for armed robbery. Boyland was arrested this week on a weapons charge after authorities found him carrying a loaded, unlicensed pistol and after finding an AK-47 rifle and $34,000 in cash in his house.
Boyland also owns a modeling agency, has released a rap album, has written a self-help book called â€śThug Motivation,â€ť and has advertised his business on a billboard using an image of himself in a gladiator outfit.
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