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Debt collectors working for education officials paid millions in fines for threats, abuse

Two debt collection firms, including one based in Minneapolis, paid a total of over $4 million in fines after a federal agency accused them of breaking the law and harassing consumers. Now those same collectors are working for the federal Education Department.
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Two debt collection firms, including one based in Minneapolis, paid a total of over $4 million in fines after a federal agency accused them of breaking the law and harassing consumers. Now those same collectors are working for the federal Education Department.

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