WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, charging Associates First Capital Corp. of Irving, Tex., and its Associates Corp. of North America subsidiary with "systematic and widespread abusive lending practices."

The FTC alleges that Associates - a subprime lending subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. - violated the Federal Trade Commission Act through deceptive marketing practices that induced consumers to refinance debt into home loans with high interest rates, costs, and fees, as well as high-cost credit life insurance.

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