The Federal Trade Commission has sued a group of affiliated collection agencies and their owners for using the words "Federal," "American," "U.S.," or "State" in their names and for collection tactics such as threatening to arrest customers.

Federal Check Processing Inc., of Amherst, N.Y., is the lead defendant. The list, according to a Courthouse News Service report, includes: Federal Recoveries LLC; Federal Processing Inc.; Federal Processing Services Inc.; United Check Processing Inc.; Central Check Processing Inc.; Central Processing Services Inc.; Nationwide Check Processing Inc.; American Check Processing Inc.; State Check Processing Inc.; Check Processing Inc.; US Check Processing Inc.; Flowing Streams F.S. Inc.; Mark Briandi; and William Moses. Empowered Racing LLC is named as a relief defendant. The defendants are all located in the Buffalo, N.Y. area.

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