Michael Abella Feb. 15, 2017, 11:33am


EAST ST. LOUIS — A woman is suing First National Collection Bureau Inc., a debt collector, alleging unfair and unconscionable collection practices.

Virginia Y. Howell filed a complaint on Feb. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against First National Collection Bureau Inc., alleging that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that due to the defendant's unlawful attempts to collect a discharged debt, plaintiff suffered damages, including but not limited to emotional distress and inconvenience. The plaintiff holds First National Collection Bureau Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly attempted to collect from the plaintiff by sending a dunning letter directly to her home address and falsely representing the character, amount, or legal status of the alleged debt.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks punitive damages, an order for the deletion of adverse credit reporting, costs, attorney fees and all other relief as the court deems just and appropriate. She is represented by Ronald A. Buch of Law Offices of William A. Mueller LLC in Belleville.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00102

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