FTC and FL settle charges against companies engaged in illegal student-debt relief scheme

Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, the operators of an alleged student debt relief and credit repair scam will be banned from those lines of business.

The stipulated final order resolves charges the FTC and the State of Florida brought in April 2016, against Chastity Valdes and her companies, Consumer Assistance LLC, Consumer Assistance Project Corp., and Palermo Global LLC. The defendants allegedly lured borrowers with false promises of “eliminating” their student loan debts and repairing their credit and then charged illegal up-front fees, and posted positive online reviews of their services to appear as if customers wrote them.

The FTC's press release is here.

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