U.S. v. Ronald Shane Hough
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United States v. Ronald Shane Hough - Case Number 3:18-cr-83- Bill of information filed February 22, 2018
Charges have been filed against Ronald Shane Hough, 50, of Mt. Holly, N.C. for his role in a fraudulent debt collection scheme operating out of Mecklenburg County.
According to court documents, Hough was a collections manager for Direct Processing LLC (Direct Processing), a fraudulent debt collection company. While working there, Hough and others defrauded victims by using fraudulent misrepresentations and threatening and abusive tactics to induce victims to pay money they purportedly owed. The fraudulent tactics included using fictitious company names in communications with victims and falsely representing that there was pending litigation or charges against victims. The filed criminal bill of information states that, between January 2013 and July 2014, Hough and others at Direct Processing defrauded thousands of individuals throughout the United States of between $550,000 and $1,000,000.
The fraudulent debt collection company known at various times as Direct Processing. The company also used the following names in soliciting payment from victims:
Mandatory Artibration Services
Proven Mediation Services
Dedicated Mediations Group
Alliance Mediation Group
On February 28, 2018, Hough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. A sentencing date has not been set.