WASHINGTON – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is charging the law firm Frederick J. Hanna & Associates $3.1 million over allegations that it illegally filed debt collection lawsuits against consumers.

The CFPB's proposed order, filed Monday in federal court, accuses the Georgia-based firm and three of its partners of using "deceptive court filings and faulty evidence" to churn out debt collection lawsuits against consumers. The consent order, if approved by federal court, requires the firm and the named partners to pay a $3.1 million civil money penalty.

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