Local coverage, sure. But, the mainstream media should love this one. And yet, nothing.
Look at the fraudulent actions the company known as Unicredit America is going to!
A debt collector in Erie, Pennsylvania, is accused of running a fake courtroom, complete with fake court documents and people dressed up like judges, to intimidate consumers into paying debts, according to the Erie Times-News.
What a scam this is-
The scam allegedly involved people impersonating sheriff’s deputies appearing at consumers’ doors to issue fake subpoenas, ordering people to appear immediately. The company, Unicredit America Inc., allegedly turned its offices into a courtroom, complete with a raised bench for the “judge,” a fake witness stand, a gallery for spectators and law books on bookshelves.
“This is an unconscionable attempt to use fake court proceedings to deceive, mislead or frighten consumers into making payments or surrendering valuables to Unicredit without following lawful procedures for debt collection,” Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, said in a press release.
The attorney general’s office will appear in common pleas court today to request an order from a real judge to shut the company down and freeze its assets. The lawsuit also seeks civil fines of up to $3,000 for each person affected, and restitution for all the victims.
The scam affected at least 370 people, according to reporting by the Erie Times News. Michael Covatto, president of Unicredit, told the paper on Friday that he was unaware of the lawsuit.
In this news article Michael Covatto fails to return phonecalls.
A local lawyer was used by Unicredit to prepare legal papers and "subpeonas"
Unicredit engaged a lawyer near its office to help in the bogus collection process, according to the lawsuit. Attorney Lawrence D'Ambrosio allegedly prepared legal letters and "subpoenas" for Unicredit to use in the scheme.
D'Ambrosio, who was not sued in this case, could not be reached.
If you would like to read a bit more on this abuse of people, ordinary people, by a truly unscrupulous company. One of so many unscrupulous companies....
Company used fake courtroom, Pa. AG says
Unicredit violated the state's Consumer Protection Law and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.