September 21, 2016
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Atlanta - State Bar of Georgia UPL Counsel Steve Kaczkowski recently provided testimony during the five-day jury trial of John Todd Williams, owner of a Georgia debt collection company, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. On July 12, 2016, a unanimous jury convicted Williams for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a nationwide debt collection scheme that defrauded more than 6,000 victims throughout the United States out of millions of dollars.
According to the Department of Justice, Williams owned and operated a debt collection company based in Norcross, Ga., called Williams, Scott & Associates, also known as Warrant Services Association or WSA. Among other false statements, WSA employees also claimed that WSA was a law firm or otherwise worked with lawyers, and that they would have the victims' driver's licenses suspended if those victims did not make payment to WSA.
Williams will be sentenced on Oct. 28, 2016. The full press release issued by the Department of Justice may be found
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia's Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 48,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia's lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.