“Millions of Americans are hassled to pay back money they don’t owe.”

Phantom debt

#Crime

Thu, Dec 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Like a comic book character determined to inflict revenge on a bunch of sleazy criminals, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at Andrew Therrien — hounded by aggressive debt collectors looking for money he didn't own — who made it his personal mission to track these people down and make them pay.

When the scammers started to hound Therrien, he hounded them right back. Obsessed with payback, he spent hundreds of hours investigating the dirty side of debt. By day he was still promoting ice cream brands and hiring models for liquor store tastings. But in his spare time, he was living out a revenge fantasy. He befriended loan sharks and blackmailed crooked collectors, getting them to divulge their suppliers, and then their suppliers above them. In method, Therrien was like a prosecutor flipping gangster underlings to get to lieutenants and then the boss. In spirit, he was a bit like Liam Neeson’s vigilante character in the movie Taken—using unflagging aggression to obtain scraps of information and reverse-engineer a criminal syndicate. Therrien didn’t punch anyone in the head, of course. He was simply unstoppable over the phone.

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