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What are my rights when a debt collector demanded more money than what the court ordered?

San Ramon, CA |

I refinanced my home loan in May of 2011 and to close the deal I had to pay $ 800 to a debt collector . I was never notified that this was due and after I paid it they never explained what it was for . They did give me a statement that 0 was due . In 2007 this debt collector sued me for around $ 5 , 000 . The debt ( a credit card ) was not mine and they sued even though I gave them a police report explaining it was identity theft . The case was in superior court and I was not able to respond so they won a default judgment . In 2009 they garnished my wages and collected the full $ 5 , 000 , despite another attempt by me to present the police report . The garnishment was for the exact amount of the court judgment so I don't know why they charged more . Please help with this injustice .

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  1. The judgment likely allowed for interest to accrue until paid. The extra $800 was probably add'l interest that accrued after the Earnings Withholding Order began.


  2. If you can prove identity theft and that the debt wasn't yours, perhaps you can file a motion to vacate the judgment. It will depend on the civil procedure rules in your jurisdiction, and it may be too late; but it certainly seems worthwhile to consult a consumer law firm in your area that deals with collection defense.

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  3. Judgments bear interest at the rate of 10% per annum and may also include costs of collection if a memorandum of costs is filed. In nearly all cases if you do not promptly satisfy the judgment voluntarily the amount you will have to pay later is more.

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  4. Hire a consumer protection attorney licensed in California. I handle this type of work outside of CA and would be happy to give you a free qualified referral to someone that will handle these on a contingency fee.

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