Ditech Financial fined $1.4 million for “abusive debt collection practices” in Massachusetts

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Ditech Financial will pay $1.4 million to the state of Massachusetts to settle charges that the company engaged in “abusive debt collection practices” by excessively calling borrowers to collect payment as well as not property notifying some borrowers of their mortgage information, the state’s attorney general announced this week.

According to the announcement from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Ditech Financial, formerly known as Green Tree Servicing, agreed to an “assurance of discontinuance,” which requires Ditech to stop making “excessive debt collection calls” to consumers.

The order also requires Ditect to provide written notice regarding the borrowers’ right to receive detailed information about any debts that Ditech sought to collect, both of which are required by state law.

The order settles claims uncovered by an investigation by Healey’s office into Ditech’s debt collection practices in the state.

Healey’s office alleged that since 2012, Ditech “routinely violated” the state’s laws.

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