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6 charged in connection to $3M debt collection scheme in Charlotte

Posted July 25

— The U.S. Department of Justice charged six people in connection to a $3 million debt collection scheme that operated out of Charlotte.

U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said in a news release that the "individuals charged (on Friday) used intimidation, threats, and lies, including posing as lawyers and law enforcement, to scare victims into paying often non-existent debts."

John Wayne Perry, Jr. 36; Rhonda Renee Scott, 52; Timothy Scott, Jr., 51; Paris Jontue Taylor, 37; and Rayshawn Lamont Tyler, 42, all of Charlotte, were charged with mail and wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud offenses, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Perry, Taylor and Tyler are also each charged with one count of money laundering conspiracy.

In a related case, Miranda Bailey, 29, of Charlotte, is charged separately with one count of wire fraud and mail fraud conspiracy.

The people charged operated the fake debt collection company, at times called RJ Financial, from at least Jan. 2013 to Nov. 2014, according to the release. RJ Financial allegedly defrauded thousands of people across the United States.

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  • Derril Salter Jul 25, 5:15 p.m.
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    Fifty cents from every dollar they ever make, from now on, should go to the victims.

  • Rudy Bizzell Jul 25, 11:30 a.m.
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    They should seize all of their property and give what they get out of the sell of these to the people they stole from.

  • Janet Ghumri Jul 25, 11:12 a.m.
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    Will the victims recover anything? Most likely not. Just one more scam.