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The Diary Police can hang it; this needs to be watched to ensure the proper outcome takes place.

It seems that a debt collection agency in Erie, PA -- Unicredit America, Inc. -- constructed a fake courtroom complete with fake judge, and sent letters to debtors summoning them to same and threatening them with arrest if they didn't show up.  If they did show up, they were intimidated and/or misled into forking over cash or signing over assets.

The state Attorney General got wind of it, and has started laying the smackdown.

Unicredit's lawyer, Lawrence D'Ambrosio, claimed the action was motivated solely by politics, since the events in question took place in the summer of 2009.  (Apparently, D'Ambrosio is no stranger to ethical lapses.)

Unicredit has been ordered to stop sending collection letters threatening arrest, and to tear down the fake courtroom within 30 days.  The judge declined the Attorney General's request to freeze Unicredit's assets.

The article suggests that the trial is still ongoing, as fines are yet to be levied.

Originally posted to ewhac on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 03:28 PM PDT.

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