The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued an Ohio auto lender for alleged bullying tactics in trying to collect debts from military personnel.

The agency filed the suit against Security National Automotive Acceptance in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The CFPB said the Mason, Ohio, company used a combination of illegal threats and deceptive claims to collect debts. Security National's actions violated the CFPB's laws banning unfair, deceptive and abusive acts, the agency said.

"Security National... took advantage of military rules to put enormous pressures on servicemembers to pay their debts," CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a press release.

The CFPB alleged that once military borrowers defaulted, Security National would make "repeated threats to contact their chain of command." Servicemembers also received false threats that they could be subject to military justice proceedings and face adverse career consequences, the bureau said.

Security National operates in more than 24 states and lends to both active-duty and former military personnel to purchase used cars.

The CFPB this month issued a final rule allowing it to monitor the largest nonbank auto-finance companies

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