Contact: Norman Googel

In an effort to protect West Virginians from the abusive and unlawful harassment and triple-digit interest rates of a predatory out-of-state title loan company, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today filed suit in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County against Virginia-based Fast Auto Loans, Inc., its parent company, Community Loans of America, headquartered in Atlanta, and its owner Robert I. Reich.

Attorney General McGraw’s lawsuit asks for a permanent injunction preventing Fast Auto from making unlawful threats of criminal prosecution and halting the company’s collection of excess charges, failure to follow the law in seizing consumers’ vehicles, extreme methods of coercion, and other deceptive, unfair and illegal debt collection practices. The suit also charges that Fast Auto Loans violated several state consumer protection laws and asks for civil penalties as well as restitution and refunds for consumers.

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