Advocates Fear that Debt Collectors will Seize Bank Accounts
Pro bono lawyers who advocate for indigent Texans are concerned that predatory debt collectors will try to raid bank accounts as soon as the federal government began to deliver much-anticipated stimulus payments to qualifying Americans. This is a particular concern as courts are closed.
“Right now, you cannot just walk into the courthouse. If there was anything done incorrectly — a lawsuit never having been served, fraud, any aggressive collections taking place — there’s little opportunity for the debtor to speak up,” said Boatswain’s attorney, Amy Clark of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.