After filing complaints with both the Florida State Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Financial Responsibility (which has jurisdiction over collection agencies) against United Processing, less than a month later I received a message on my answering machine from THESE cretins telling me I was being prosecuted for felony fraud, a 2nd-degree felony, and I would be in jail before nightfall if I did not send $300.50 via WalMart within 2 hours. He also stated that he had done a background check on me, and found a lot of shady things.
My husband picked up the phone during the tail end of this message. Bearing in mind my husband is actually a 3rd party, which made this whole episode illegal, a man who said he was Vincent Davis claimed he plays golf with the judge, they were going to make an example out of me, and E-Z Payday had secured Federal funds to prosecute me.
I called the State Attorney's Office and was told the following: when E-Z Payday accepted my check, agreeing to hold it, my check then became a Promissory Note. It is not a felony, I cannot be prosecuted for it, and if they want to pursue the matter in Civil Court, they certainly may.
I then did a reverse phone lookup and found Smith, Dean and Associates has the same address as United Processing. Somehow this did not surprise me.
I called Mr. Davis and advised him exactly which office I spoke to and which attorney; he said, "Great." When I read the statute to him, he said, "Oh, you're a deadbeat, you don't want to pay your bills." When I stated this was not the case, he said it again and hung up.
DON'T FALL FOR IT!!! Call your local State Attorney's Office if you get a phone call like this!!! These sharks must be stopped!
Satellite Beach, Florida