Dirty debt collectors frightened victims with fake “sheriffs,” “courtroom,” “judges”
The Pennsylvania Attorney General has brought suit against the Unicredit Debt Resolution Center in Erie, PA. According to the suit, Unicredit dressed its employees in fake sheriff’s deputies uniforms to lure debtors out of their homes with unenforceable orders, and took them to a fake courtroom where another employee pretending to be a judge told them they could go to jail if they didn’t pay up.
“Can I look at your fake courtroom?” Parsons asked.
“First of all, that’s an allegation that supposedly someone said, so talk to the attorneys,” Covatto said. “You guys have a nice day. That’s all I got to say.”
The Attorney General’s Office told Team 4 that Unicredit lured debtors to the building by sending employees who appeared to be sheriff’s deputies to their homes, implying that they would be taken into custody if they failed to appear at the phony court hearings.
“It really galls me that someone would stoop that low,” Erie County Sheriff Robert Merski said. “This certainly seems to be a scam, and it upsets me that they are trying to play on the integrity of this office, the office of sheriff. We’ve been here since the beginning of the United States.”
The lawsuit accuses Unicredit of intimidating debtors into revealing their bank account numbers, even turning over the titles to their cars once they got them inside the building.
(Thanks, Anthony I!)