Back in May of 2007, I was moving to Colorado from Ohio. My grandpa was helping me move. He drove his truck and I drove my car all throughout the states. Well on May 5, 2007 I arrived in CO. To make our trip shorter, my grandpa decided to take E-470 express toll. I remember there being maybe 1 or 2 tolls while on the road. I paid for 1 toll and then my grandpa paid for a toll for both of us, just keep in mind the whole trip my grandpa was in front of me and I followed behind.
Well 6 months passes by, I received a letter from an attorney collection agency. They are Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. I was very confused on the matter as I have not received anything beforehand from anyone but them. It basically said I owed 150.75 for a violation that happened on A-Lane on E-470. It says that a hearing officer has found me liable for the toll violation. My opportunity to contest this matter has expired and there is now a Final Order of Liability that they will make to satisfy their client. My vehicle registration may be suspende and they will soon be making a determination as to whether I am a candidate for forced collection efforts such as wage and bank garnishment, filing a lien against my property and notifying the credit bureaus for the outstanding debt that I owe.
Well, this was such a shock, I didn't understand why I was even getting this letter. They said my opportunity expired...I didn't even have time to dispute this as I only received a "Notice of Final Order"
So I called up the Attorneys and spoke with a girl, who would not give me her name. She said that E-470 hired them to collect this debt. I advised her that this is the 1st notice that I was getting from them and that I am in the blank as to why. She said they sent out notices to an address that I lived at for 1 month. I never received any of that mail. I even had all my Ohio mail from the 2 addresses that I stayed at forwarded to me. I received every other mail, than the mail from them. They told me E-470 even sent out mail. I would like to know that how come now that this is the final order they finally have the correct address on this letter. They have the address that I permanently reside in. They sure did make sure to get that address correct for the final letter...but none of the other letters! After going back and forth with this rude girl she told me any decision with suspending my registration or garnishing my wages will be made by E-470. She said to call them. So I did.
I spoke with an E-470 operator. His name was Mike operator #84. I explained my situation to him. Gave him all the information that I could about that day. I told him about the 1 incident where my grandpa paid for my toll and and I paid for the 1 toll. He put me on hold to speak with a supervisor. I was thinking, while on hold, that maybe the toll lady took my grandpas money for my toll and now I am being blamed for it. Mike gets on the phone and that theory went straight out the window. He said I was going 70 MPH when I passed the toll and did not pay. I have NO idea how that could be. My grandpa, who was driving in front of me, NEVER received a violation for an E-470 toll. If he is driving in front of me and he mysteriously pays his toll....If I am going 70 MPH I would have ran smack into his truck!!! I aked Mike how that could be, his response, "well I guess the camera didn't catch his car, but it caught yours" WELL HOW FAIR IS THAT?!!? I do not believe that this is true what-so-ever. I believe that they are money hungry and will blame anyone for going through a toll.....I asked him about the registration suspension and wage garnishment and he said that it is already in collections and so there is nothing that E-470 can do.....
Now that ticked me off! That representative from the attorneys office lied to me! So I called back. I know I got her on the phone, I said "Listen lady I just talked to you and you lied to me! You said that E-470 controls whether or not my car will be suspended or my wages garnished.....this is not the truth they said you control that" Well she got real defensive and said she was not the one I talked to and that I was correct that they control what steps they will take next. I told her I was real upset that I was lied to then.....she asked if I was Rachel and I was like yeah how did you know...she mumbled something i think she said that oh I guess I was the one that talked to you.....
Her only advice was to pay it....pay for a ticket that was unjust. She said there was nothing else I really could do......Which is correct, NOTHING I CAN DO! It is totally unfair to me, that I never got a chance to attest this or anything.
I HOPE YOU SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT E-470 AND LINEBARGER GOGGAN BLAIR & SAMPSON EMPLOYEES, KNOWING YOU TAKE MONEY FROM INNOCENT PEOPLE! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!