The Florida Record May 6, 2016, 5:15pm


MIAMI – A Broward County woman alleges an Ohio debt collector illegally imposed additional fees.

Stacy Palma filed a complaint on April 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Revenue Assistance Corp., alleging that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 19 she received a collection letter from the defendant seeking payment of a purported debt for medical services, which stated that all credit card and check by phone payments are subject to a $4.95 convenience fee. The plaintiff holds Revenue Assistance Corp. responsible because she alleges the convenience fee is not permitted by law.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for statutory and actual damages, attorneys' fees and costs and for any other relief that the court may deem appropriate and just. She is represented by Thomas J. Patti of Thomas-John Law PA in Fort Lauderdale and Jibrael S. Hindi of The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:16-cv-60807

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