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Georgia Debt Collector Charged With Nationwide Fraud

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A Georgia debt-collection company is the target of an investigation into tactics that federal prosecutors say were used to defraud more than 6,000 victims around the U.S. of millions of dollars.

Williams Scott & Associates LLC intimidated people into paying more than they owed, sometimes by threatening arrest or saying it was working for the U.S. Justice Department, according to a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court.