Ohio AG Tags Suspected Debt Settlement Racket With Civil Suit Alleging Deceptive Practices, Failure To Deliver Promised Services
From the Office of the Ohio Attorney General:
- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine  announced a lawsuit against Jeremy Nelson of Trabuco Canyon, California, and his two companies for operating debt settlement businesses that took money from consumers to settle their debts but failed to deliver on their promises.
- According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Jeremy Nelson is the president of Jackson Hunter Morris & Knight, a Nevada corporation that represents that its principal place of business is in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Nelson was also the president of Nelson Gamble & Associates, which previously was a Colorado corporation and represented that its principal place of business was in Irvine, California. Neither business was registered with the Ohio Secretary of State to do business in the state.
- Through his businesses, Mr. Nelson advertised that his businesses could help consumers settle their debts. He advertised online and gave consumers the impression that they were getting professional services associated with legal counsel.
- Representatives told consumers over the phone that the business would negotiate with consumers’ creditors so that they could settle their debts by paying only a portion of what they owed. According to the Attorney General, consumers paid money for these services but did not have their debts settled.
- The Attorney General’s lawsuit charges Jeremy Nelson and his businesses with violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Debt Adjuster Act. Specific counts include failure to deliver, misrepresentation, and charging higher fees than Ohio law allows. Through the lawsuit, the Attorney General seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties, and consumer restitution.
For the Ohio AG press release, see Attorney General DeWine Sues California Man for Operating Unfair Debt Settlement Operation.
For the lawsuit, see State of Ohio v. Nelson Gamble & Associates, et al.