Prosecutors for Sale

, New Jersey Law Journal


Hundreds of district attorneys across the country routinely sell their letterhead to debt-collection agencies to use in correspondence with debtors who bounce checks. The district attorneys have committed a gross abuse of power.

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  • Mike

    I've seen where someone innocently bounced a check for about $25. They are the type that doesn't balance their checkbook to the penny and didn't notice the NSF fee charged. They use the ATm to check their balance. So, this might be bad personal finance. This was also the only bounced check she had. Now, the collection company wanted her to pay the bounced check plus spend over $300 for their fees and to attend a personal finance class. I told her to contact the merchant to find out what the bank charged them for the bouncewd check and let them know you are sending them payment by money order or certified check for the original amount plus the NSF fee the merchant had to pay. Once that was done I told her when the collection agency calls you again to tell them that you already arranged with the merchant and paid the merchant and to please stop calling you. The calls stopped.

    The crazy thing is that if you do a search, you will find how these collection agencies have infiltrated certain municipalities and convinced them to put into ordinance a Bad Check Divergence System. You will also find that there are class actions against the collection agencies.

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