TAMPA – A Hillsborough County consumer alleges a debt collector is attempting to collect an illegitimate debt.
Dorene Miranda filed a complaint on April 4 in the Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida against United Receivables Group LLC, Angel Lopez, Felix Lopez, Rob Rogers and Michael Lamb alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the defendants began calling the plaintiff in March 2016 and sent a collection letter in August 2016 that identifies the original creditor as SonicCash, an online payday loan lender. The plaintiff alleges she does not recall ever doing business with SonicCash.
She alleges that she has suffered harm and injury from defendants' attempt to collect an illegitimate debt for a creditor that was not licensed to issue consumer loans.
The plaintiff holds United Receivables Group LLC, Angel Lopez, Felix Lopez, Rogers and Lamb responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to disclose their true identity during interaction with plaintiff and falsely represented the character, amount or legal status of the alleged debt.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in favor of plaintiff for damages, declaratory relief, attorney's fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by James S. Giardina of The Consumer Rights Law Group PLLC in Tampa.
Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida Case number 8:17-cv-00797