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Debt settlement company banned from NC

Posted September 29, 2014 5:55 p.m. EDT

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

— North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has won a ban on a Chicago-based debt settlement company from operating in the state.

Cooper said Legal Helpers Debt Resolution failed to help clients dig out of debt. Instead, he said, they made empty promises and put further financial strain on customers.

From 2010 through April 2012, Cooper said, Legal Helpers cost North Carolinians more than $1.1 million fees.

Cooper's office filed suit in May against the company's principals, Jeffrey Hyslip, Jason Searns, Jeffrey Aleman and Thomas Macey.

For tips on getting out of debt or to file a complaint with the state Consumer Protection Division, visit www.ncdoj.gov.