FTC Pans Debt-Relief Scammers' Appeal Of $5.7M Judgment

Law360, New York (February 14, 2014, 6:57 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission urged the Sixth Circuit on Thursday to ignore several debt counseling companies’ claim they were denied access to exculpatory evidence seized in a raid of their offices, and to affirm a district court’s $5.7 million restitution order for their allegedly exploitative telemarketing.

In an appellee’s brief, the FTC asked the appeals court to pay no mind to assertions by defendants Dan Michaels and James Benhaim and their family of affiliated debt-consolidation, loan-modification and mortgage-relief service providers that federal authorities wrongly kept a...
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