View Full Version : Team 4: Debt Collectors Accused Of Fake Courtroom, Judge

11-01-2010, 10:08 AM
ERIE, Pa. -- A sign in the front of a building on West 39th Street tells visitors that it's the Unicredit Debt Resolution Center in Erie.

Once debtors got inside, they were fooled into believing they were in a courtroom with a judge, but the whole thing was a fake, according to a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

Team 4's Jim Parsons reported that Unicredit America is accused in the lawsuit of deceiving, misleading and coercing hundreds of consumers into paying off their debts.

Inside the building is a pair of locked oak doors with brass handles resembling a courtroom entrance. The company is accused in the lawsuit of building a mock courtroom complete with a judge's bench and witness stand. ... http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/r/25569199/detail.html

11-01-2010, 02:36 PM
I remember having bill collectors coming after me for a supposed unpaid electric bill when I first moved away from NJ. They used to call and leave a message and every time they called, they'd give a name, but it was the same voice calling. Then, the 2 times I called them back(to tell them they were nuts), I'd ask for the person who left the last message, and even though I was talking to the guy leaving the messages, he would say that that particular person was in court. I ended up calling the electric company to straighten things out and I reported the collection agency to them.