Debt collector accused of using fake courtroom

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The state attorney general's office has accused an Erie debt collection agency of using phony hearings in a room decorated to look like a courtroom to collect money from consumers.

The attorney general's Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Unicredit America Inc., which is also known as the Unicredit Debt Resolution Center. The state says the company used people appearing to be sheriff's deputies to deliver hearing notices to consumers and used fake court proceedings to get money from them. The state alleges the company summoned people to an office in Erie that employees called "the courtroom."

The lawsuit is seeking restitution for consumers. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Dec. 13.

The company didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday.



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