SAN DIEGO – A Mission Viejo woman alleges her wages are being illegally garnished.
Sabrina Muhammad filed a complaint on Oct. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Reese Law Group APC, Ford Motor and Credit Co. and Does 1-10 alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff allegedly owes a debt to Ford Motor Credit Co. and that in March 2001, that defendant obtained a writ of execution to collect judgment amount of $11,674.04, but did not attempt to collect money from the plaintiff. The suit states that on July 28, 2003, the defendants obtained another writ of execution to collect $14,346.64, and that in September 2003 the plaintiff's wages were being garnished by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
On Nov. 24, 2010, the suit states that according to the records of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the remaining balance owed by plaintiff on the original money judgment was $3,284. However, on Dec. 2, 2015, defendants caused a new writ of execution to collect $17,024.98, despite judgment being deemed "partially satisfied" in November 2011. The suit states this writ of execution was filed in San Diego County and the plaintiff alleges she has never resided or worked in San Diego County.
The plaintiff holds Reese Law Group APC, Ford Motor and Credit Co. and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly used false representations to collect an alleged debt and brought legal action against plaintiff in a judicial district where plaintiff does not reside and where plaintiff did not sign the initial contract.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, damages, attorneys' fees, costs and further relief that may be just. She is represented by William R. Jarrell and Andre L. Verdun of Crowley Law Group in San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-02513