On July 17, 2011 I received a letter from Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP a collection agency based out of Texas for collection of $110.20. I was unable to access the phone number provided as well as Mr. Scott D. Wyle listed as a partner on the website. Because I was concerned about further legal action mentioned in the letter I immediately sent the amount requested. Through further research I discovered a few disturbing facts.
I called a local law firm and discovered that Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson are not listed anywhere in the Colorado Legal Directory (2011). While there banner lists them as Attorneys at Law, they are NOT lawyers in the state of Colorado.
I then called the E-470 Public Highway Authority was told that I had an outstanding balance of $63.50. The agent was unaware of any fees of $110.20. She stated that I had received 2 prior notices in the mail, one on June 19th and the other on July 19th, and then was turned over to collections. I never received any correspondence regarding a balance due of $63.00. She indicated that the money I had been sending was being sent to an incorrect account number and therefore not credited properly. I asked for the correct account number so I could change it in my records. She read the correct number which was the exact number I had set up for on-line payments. I asked her what other account number I was supposed to be using and why I was not aware of it. She had no answer for this. I insisted on some sort of resolution or at least a detailed explanation on how, exactly this happened. I explained that I had received a collection letter for Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson and from all indications this was a fraud/scam and that my lawyer had been contacted. After being put on hold for 10 minutes she stated she had taken care of it. My account now had a credit balance of $63.50. I verified with her that there was not and never was an amount due of $110.20 and that I was free to stop payment on the check.
Something is very wrong here, and I believe that it is not only Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson who are responsible. They are clearly involved. However, they do not appear to be initiating these fraudulent charges. I will continue to pursue this, it is far from over.