Consumer Advocacy Center Inc., d/b/a Premier Student Loan Center; True Count Staffing Inc., d/b/a SL Account Management; Prime Consulting LLC, d/b/a Financial Preparation Services; Albert Kim; Kaine Wen; and Tuong Nguyen
On October 21, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) filed a complaint and sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in federal court in the Central District of California against Consumer Advocacy Center Inc., d/b/a Premier Student Loan Center (Premier); True Count Staffing Inc., d/b/a SL Account Management (True Count); Prime Consulting LLC, d/b/a Financial Preparation Services (Prime); Albert Kim; Kaine Wen; and Tuong Nguyen (aka Tom Nelson). The Bureau alleges the debt relief companies operate as a common enterprise and have engaged in deceptive practices and charged unlawful advance fees in connection with the marketing and sale of student loan debt relief services to consumers. The Bureau also alleges the individuals substantially assisted the student loan debt relief companies.
The court granted the request for the temporary restraining order on October 21, 2019. The court has scheduled a hearing on the Bureau’s request for a preliminary injunction. The Bureau’s complaint seeks an injunction against defendants, as well as damages, redress to consumers, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and the imposition of a civil money penalty. The complaint also names several relief defendants, and seeks disgorgement of those relief defendants’ ill-gotten gains.