Michael Cohen is ineligible to practice law in the State of Texas. This is noted on the Texas State ineligible to practice in Texas list Bar. Each of you from other states might check to see if he is also ineligible to practice law with the others alongside him. These people have a HUGE scam going and this kind of thing gives good ethical attorneys in this state a bad name. All the attorneys who are reading this PLEASE help us to shut these people down. These people are obtaining personal information such as names, addresses and phone numbers of families of their "alleged" debtor including my children's names, addresses and phone numbers and where they worked. Also has names and phone numbers of my husband's brothers and sisters along with their phone numbers. This company is collecting and divulging extremely sensitive personal information and having his "so-called" phone collectors consolidate and keep this information. In my case they contacted my neighbor to see if he could look out the window and see my husband's car. The mistake they made was that the neighbor they called works for the Brazoria County Sheriff's Officer in a supervisory position and highly regarded. I was told by the person who called (3 times in 5 minutes) that since my husband was out of town they might send someone over to my home and talk me into remembering when my husband might return. They claimed that whomever they sent would be able to find out the old fashioned way? I asked them if this was a threat and they stated "No that is a promise".
Most all these debts they are calling on are very old and in most instances these debts were write-offs. Most of the time you might get a call from 3-5 different numbers these people have set up. This scam is going on in full force and it will take full state and federal action to shut these skumbags down.
Please read the information I was able to find posted on the internet. These pieces of trash running this scam need to go down.
Please read what I found out about them.
One of the largest debt buyer organizations in America In 2005, Collect America owner Phillip Scott Lowery reportedly sold his operations for $350 MILLION to an organization called First Analysis Private Equity Fund IV, in collaboration with co-investor KRG Capital.
The Collect America system is comprised of approximately thirty franchisee's across the country, with an attorney name on their door. Some of the attorneys such as Sam W. Streeter of Houston, have been dubbed Rent-A-Lawyers' due to their total lack of debt collection law and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) experience.
*Collect America Franchisees:
Law Office of Sam W. Streeter, Houston, TX
Richard G. & Catherine A. Neuheisel Law Firm, Tempe, AZ
Neuheisel Law Firm, Deborah Sue Harvego, Sacramento, CA
Law Office of Thomas K. Bamford, Dallas, TX
Harold E. Scherr, Attorney at Law, Longwood, FL
Bronson and Migliaccio Attorneys, Williamsville, NY
Bronson and Migliaccio Attorneys, Elmwood Park, NJ
Phillips and Cohen and Associates, Westampton, NJ
Law Office of Larry Roach, Copley Twp, OH
Phillip Scott Lowery P.C., Denver, CO
Law Office of Joe Pezzuto, Phoenix, AZ
Law Office of J. Anthony Cambece, Boston, MA
Workman Law Office, P.A., Jacksonville, FL
Collect America, LTD, Denver, CO
Gamache and Myers, St Louis, MO
P. Scott Lowery, P.C., Tulsa, OK
Law Office of Wilfred E. Briesemeister, Montclair, CA
Harrison Ross Byck, Morrisville, PA
Daniels & Norelli, P.C., Westbury, NY
Davis Law Office, Russell A. Davis, Solana Beach, CA
Richard DeJana & Associates, Kalispell, MT
Dennis Michael Dendy Law Office, Gretna, LA (Houston TX)
Daniel N. Gordon, P.C., Eugene, OR
Mims, Jerry M., Attorney, Islip Terrace, NY
Pentagroup Financial, LLC, James J. Thorpe, Attorney, Houston, TX
(represents CACV & CACH)
(*May not accurately reflect all franchisees)
Since the sale of the main organization, Denver Attorney Phillip Scott Lowery and his collectors that include attorneys David L. Michael and James R. Wolf have relocated to the Cherry Creek Drive address. Scott and wife Texie were rumored to have moved to Vail, CO, however he reportedly still is involved in the day to day operations through brother Arthur Todd Lowery.
CACV of Colorado, LLC. which stands for Collect America Collection Vehicle and CACH, LLC are the debt purchasing arms of Collect America. Lowery and associates reportedly purchase these accounts for pennies on the dollar, then attempt to collect on the full value. Collect America does place these accounts on credit bureau reports under the names CACV, CACH and Collect America. Under provisions of federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), they may NOT stay past the date of last activity as stated by the original creditor and the information and amounts reflected MUST be accurate, as stipulated by federal law.
The ONLY thing that can restart a date of last activity' is by YOU making a payment, Collect America cannot change it under any circumstances. You should always obtain copies of your credit reports directly from the credit bureaus to compare those dates. You have the right to dispute any debt buyer account found on your credit reports as Not My Account with the credit bureaus. Always keep copies of credit reports for reference. If a date of activity has been changed in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you may be able to take legal actions against whomever in federal court for violating the law. Contact me for referral to a local consumer law professional.
If you are ever sued by a Collect America attorney it is VERY important that you respond to that suit. An attorney from the National Association of Consumer Advocates may be able to assist you