By William Cutting
Friday, April 19, 2013 – 07:30 p.m.
I stumbled upon this story over at MousePrint.org and thought our readers over here at Inland Politics might have an interest in it.
According to this blog posting, District Attorney offices across the nation are allowing debt collectors to use District Attorney stationary to go after bad check writers. Presumably, the DA’s office receives a cut of some kind, be it a slice of the collected funds or perhaps a licensing fee to use the stationary.
Does anyone know if San Bernardino County participates in this?
The blog post displays a picture of a mailing with the Alameda County DA stationary and I wanted to include this little snippet from the blogger’s post:
This can’t be legal, you are probably saying. Well, the district attorneys and the private debt collectors in this line of business lobbied Congress, and received an exemption from the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. That law actually makes illegal many of the practices allegedly engaged in by these people. For example, using envelopes that disclose that the contents relate to a debt, threatening arrest or criminal prosecution when such action is not actually taken or contemplated, impersonating a law enforcement agency, and charging fees beyond those disclosed in the original contract are all prohibited practices.