Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office charged that a Texas couple bilked a Mississippi family out of $13,000 by claiming to be a debt settlement company.

John Clune, 50, and Monica Clune 44, both of Farmer's Branch, Texas, were charged last week on five counts of wire fraud. The couple worked under the business name A Different Debt Company, which purported to act as an advocate for people dealing with creditors, according to the attorney general's office.

Hood said the Clunes had no intent of assisting the victims with their debt. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman in Hood's office, said the Clunes worked out of a Texas office; she did not know if the couple has a lawyer and no business listing was available.

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