The National Consumer Law Center calls Buffalo “an epicenter” of fraudulent debt collection activity.
Here are snapshots of some cases against debt collectors that the State Attorney General’s Office, Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement agencies have pursued in the past decade.
Mark M. Miller, 48, denies any wrongdoing in his debt collection practices, claiming he has been unfairly targeted by lawyers, prosecutors and federal agents.
In their filing, government lawyers said they believe Douglas MacKinnon "has transferred and concealed his assets and stonewalled discovery efforts to avoid collection efforts."
Investigators from Homeland Security seized the $392,495 from Market Street Debt Partners in May, at the same time they seized $90,385 from debt collector Mark Miller’s Kenmore residence.
Prosecutors allege that Mark M. Miller owned and operated several businesses, “which engaged in a wire fraud scheme related to unlawful debt collection activities."
The state AG said several Amherst-based debt collection companies allegedly used illegal methods to demand payment of debts.
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A Kenmore man pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud as part of a debt collection scheme, the U.S. Attorney Western District of New York Office announced. Carmelo Collana, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A woman-owned debt collection firm has relocated to new and larger space in the Foundry Suites in North Buffalo as the 8-year-old firm continues its expansion. Eastpoint Recovery Group, founded by Danielle Green and Amy Constantine, moved its operations and 20 employees from downtown Buffalo into a bigger office at 1738 Elmwood Ave., near Hertel Avenue. Founded in 2011,
A Cheektowaga-based debt-collections firm, whose principals include a longtime former banking executive, has acquired a mostly vacant office building in the Audubon Office Park in Amherst from Uniland Development Co. Daniel Mendez and other owners of Diverse Funding Associates paid $2.55 million last week to purchase the 25,332-square-foot building at 2351 North Forest Road from the Amherst-based developer. The