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    Exclamation Lawsuit Over AAFES and OSI Debt Collection Practices

    There is currently one class action lawsuit pending against AAFES. There may potentially be another in the works against OSI. If you're a victim of what seems like unethical, unfair, and/or illegal collections practices from either or both of these agencies, go to the following organization's website:
    http://www.citizen.org/

    Contact them, very briefly tell them what your situation is, and they should put you in the right direction.

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    Default Re: Lawsuit Over AAFES and OSI Debt Collection Practices

    According to the site,
    Quote Quoting Government Is Illegally Taking Money From Soldiers and Veterans Who Used Military Credit Cards, Lawsuit Alleges
    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is breaking the law by taking money from soldiers and veterans who have military credit card debts that were either improperly calculated, too old to collect or both, Public Citizen said today in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

    Public Citizen, with San Francisco consumer lawyers Chandler Visher and Marie Appel, filed the suit on behalf of veteran Julius Briggs and a class of soldiers and veterans nationwide.

    For years, the AAFES has offered credit cards, known as Military Star cards, to military personnel to purchase uniforms and other items from the stores it operates on military bases. If a service member is delinquent in paying a debt, the government has the right to deduct the money owed from the member’s government benefits or tax refunds. The government can add interest, penalties and administrative costs as permitted by the credit card contract or federal law.

    AAFES, however, is not permitted by law to collect debts that have been outstanding for more than 10 years or amounts in excess of what the contract allows. In improperly collecting these debts, the AAFES has steadily appropriated millions of dollars from soldiers and veterans nationwide, Public Citizen says.

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