Works & Lentz, Inc.; Works & Lentz of Tulsa, Inc., and Harry A. Lentz, Jr.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking action against two medical debt collection law firms and their president for falsely representing that letters and calls – some threatening legal action – were from attorneys attempting to collect on a debt when no attorney had yet reviewed the account. The law firms also did not ensure the accuracy of information they furnished to credit reporting agencies about consumers and used improperly notarized affidavits in lawsuits filed against consumers. The practices affected thousands of individuals. The CFPB is ordering Works and Lentz, Inc., Works and Lentz of Tulsa, Inc., and their president Harry A. Lentz, Jr. to provide $577,135 in relief to harmed consumers, correct their business practices, and pay a $78,800 penalty.