FRESNO – A Clovis consumer alleges a debt collector threatened to take legal action that could not be legally be taken in a collection call.
Chris Suglian filed a complaint on Jan. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division against Advanced Asset Group LLC alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2017, the defendant accused the plaintiff of committing a felony and threatened to sue him if he did not make an immediate payment during a live call. He alleges these statements were made to pressure him into making a payment on an alleged debt.
The plaintiff holds Advanced Asset Group LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly used false deceptive or misleading representations with the collection of an alleged debt.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, statutory damages of $1,000, court costs, punitive damages and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Trinette G. Kent of Lemberg Law LLC in Wilton, Connecticut.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division case number 1:18-cv-00110-LJO-SAB