Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit last week against Omega Business Center, a Chicago-based business, claiming it bilked consumers out of an estimated $300,000 for debt relief services it never provided.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, claims the company charged upfront fees promising to reduce mortgage and credit card debt. The company was an umbrella organization for several entities that allegedly solicited consumers through print and radio advertising in the Polish community, according to a release from Madigan's office.
Nearly a dozen consumers were targeted in the alleged scam after signing contracts with the companies, according to the release.
Other defendants named in the suit include Michael Borowiak, president of Omega Tax and Accounting and manager of Omega Investment and Development; Jorge Paredes of Chicago, principal of Wall Street Inc.; and Jay Fortier of Oak Park, manager of Halbulst Asset Management LLC.