Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today filed criminal charges against a western New York man for allegedly running his Buffalo-based debt collection agency from federal prison in Batavia.
Lamont Cooper, 38, formerly of Heritage Drive in Lancaster, is accused of running the collection agency from prison, where is being incarcerated on unrelated charges. Cuomo said Cooper was barred by court order from the debt-collection industry in 2009 after Cuomo’s office determined that Cooper’s operation “regularly used threats and intimidation against consumers.”
But Cuomo said Cooper continued to run CMC Recovery Services, Inc., located on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo.
“This suspect is accused of continuing to run an abusive debt collection operation despite a court order barring him from doing so and despite being an inmate in federal prison,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Such disregard of the law will not be tolerated and we will hold him accountable for the harm he has caused to families throughout the country.”
Law enforcement agencies monitored Cooper’s correspondence during his prison time in Batavia.