AllianceOne Receivables Management, an Eagan, Minn.-based collection agency, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $21,412 in North Carolina to refund processing fees customers in the state submitted along with monthly payments.

AllianceOne agreed to the penalty rather than face an administrative hearing to determine the legality of charging the fees. The company did not acknowledge violating any laws but agreed to stop collecting the fees. The penalty will help reimburse anyone who paid the processing fee between June 1, 2010, and June 5, 2013.

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