W.Va. AG gets injunction against debt company
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia attorney general's office says a Kanawha Circuit judge has permanently barred two out-of-state lawyers and their company from doing business in the state.
Attorney General Darrell McGraw had sued Illinois lawyer Robert K Lock Jr., New York lawyer Philip M. Manger, and their company, Credit Collections Defense Network. The suit alleged that they were engaged in unlawful debt settlement activities in West Virginia and neither lawyer was licensed to do business in the state.
According to a release, the judge on Monday granted a permanent injunction against the defendants, and also imposed a $130,000 civil penalty against each defendant. The company also must pay about $21,985 in restitution for consumers who paid them but did not get significant debt settlement services in return.
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