Published on April 26th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Woman Wins $10M Judgement Against Collections Agency, But Collectors Won’t Pay Up
Collections agencies are among some of the most hated organizations in the US, especially now when so many Americans are struggling to pay bills and remain current on their obligations in a time of economic turmoil.
One West Virginia woman, however, managed a massive coup when she won a $10 million judgement against a particularly odious collector who had allegedly seriously violated laws regarding fair debt collections practices. Adding insult to injury, Diana Mey of Wheeling didn’t even owe the debt for which she had been seriously harassed- but the agency allegedly “spoofed” the number of the local sheriff’s office to frighten the family into paying up.
After the calls appearing to be from law enforcement agents following a threat to seize her home came, Mey answered another call during which the caller threatened to sexually assault her. Mey explains:
“I was so frightened. I felt violated, but then I realized, you know, I’m taping this call… I pulled myself together and I thought, I can get through this. Just keep on talking buddy because we’re gonna get plenty of your voice on tape.”
Mey won the judgement against Reliant Financial Associates, or RFA, last year. However, despite numerous attempts to collect on Mey’s part, she said she hasn’t seen a dime of the money RFA owes her. A lawyer for RFA told ABC News that the judgement was “unfair.”