Douglas MacKinnon, Amy MacKinnon, Mary-Kate MacKinnon, and Matthew MacKinnon
On April 22, 2021, the Bureau filed a lawsuit in the Western District of New York against Douglas MacKinnon, who operated a debt-collection enterprise, and Amy MacKinnon, Mary-Kate MacKinnon, and Matthew MacKinnon, relatives of Douglas MacKinnon. The Bureau filed its complaint jointly with the Attorney General of New York. The complaint alleges that defendants fraudulently conveyed a house with the intent to hinder collection efforts by creditors, including the Bureau and the State of New York, in violation of the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act of 1990 and New York state law. The complaint specifically alleges that Douglas MacKinnon transferred ownership of his home, valued at approximately $1.6 million, to his wife and daughter for $1 shortly after he learned that the Bureau and the State of New York were investigating him for illegal debt-collection activities. That investigation resulted in a $60 million judgment against Douglas MacKinnon and the companies he operated and permanently banned him from the industry. The Bureau and New York seek a declaratory judgment that a fraudulent conveyance occurred and to recover the value of the property in partial satisfaction of the $60,000,000 judgment.