September 17, 2014 / 3:55 PM / in 3 years

U.S. to return more funds in AmeriDebt credit counseling scam

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday it will send more than $1.79 million in refunds to consumers allegedly defrauded in a credit counseling/debt management scam.

The defendant, Andris Pukke, and his companies, AmeriDebt and DebtWorks, allegedly deceived consumers about their fees, misrepresented that AmeriDebt was a non-profit organization, and falsely promised to teach consumers how to handle their credit and finances, the FTC said.

Consumers affected by Wednesday’s announcement will receive checks of up to $725.10. The agency has already returned about $15 million to other AmeriDebt consumers. (Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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