AG Cuomo targets accused debt harassers

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Buffalo debt collection company that has been harassing people.

During a news conference, Cuomo played a recording of a phone call he says was made by a representative of Benning-Smith Group, which includes 13 debt collection agencies. The caller can be heard referring to the debtor as "an uneducated reject" and "totally ghetto."

Cuomo says Benning-Smith Group has been the subject of 850 complaints filed with his office, the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

For Andrew Cuomo's full press conference, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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