A woman who has been no stranger to the law enforcement side of the debt collection business — in fact she was previously barred from participating in the industry back in 2018 — has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 16 counts of wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of operating a series of debt collection and payment processing companies that threatened consumers with arrests, collected on debts that were already paid, and collected more than was actually owed.
Angela Burdorf was indicted by a grand jury yesterday, along with a number of companies: Vantage Point Services, Payment Management Solutions, and Solidified Payment Solutions. Also named in the indictment were United Mediation Group, Check & Credit Services, Northern District Resolution Services, M&B Associates, Legal Consultant Services, and Bonafied Payment Solutions.
Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of $70,000 from Burdorf for her role in the scam.
The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General sued Burdorf and a number of other individuals and companies back in 2015 for operating and “egregious and abusive debt collection operation.” Burdorf settled with the FTC and New York AG back in 2018. As part of that settlement, she was banned from participating in the collections industry forever. Judgments of more than $26 million were entered against the defendants, including Burdorf and Vantage Point Services, but were suspended because the defendants were unable to pay.