Friday, February 17, 2012

Debt Collector sends elderly woman to the hospital.

Anne Sessions had always paid her bills on time until 2010 when she had financial problems and was facing foreclosure. Wells Fargo debt collectors began harassing her with telephone calls and threatening to take legal action. She was able to work out a payment plan with her modest fixed income.

The harassing calls ceased until February of 2011 when a debt collector began harassing her even after she explained she had already set up a payment plan to pay off the three months she was in arrears. She told the debt collector that this type of harassment is what leads to people abandoning their homes and in some cases, committing suicide.

The debt collector continued to harass Ms. Sessions and asked inappropriate questions about how she might kill herself. Three police officers arrived at her home and told her that the employee had called 911 and reported she had threatened to commit suicide. The police forcibly took her to an emergency room where she was held for several hours, reviewed by medical staff and released. She later received a bill from the hospital for $1,055.

Ms. Sessions contacted the company to speak to the debt collector and was told he was unavailable but heard the co-worker laughing as she congratulated him on how effective his call had been and that the police had taken Ms. Sessions to the hospital. Ms. Sessions said the incident caused her extreme anxiety and embarrassment. She is suing for $250,000.

If you are being harassed by a debt collector, contact us at 813-314-4595 or 866-553-3272.

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