W.Va., Debt Collection Agencies Settle Complaints

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Three debt collection agencies have agreed to make restitution or cancel debts to settle complaints about their practices in West Virginia.

The settlements announced Thursday by Attorney General Darrell McGraw covers 446 consumers who will share more than $404,000.

It settles complaints against allied interstate of Minneapolis, Jefferson Capital Systems of St. Cloud, Minn., and Wilhelm, West, Kacey & Associates, or WWKA, of Canton, Ga.

McGraw says allied has taken steps to address debt collection calls that were made to the wrong people.

Jefferson agreed to not offer an incentive program in West Virginia unless it registers with the state as a credit services organization.

WWKA agreed to stop collecting debts in West Virginia unless it becomes licensed.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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