Update for June 19, 2009: Requests for checks to be resent will no longer be considered. The ability to report a missing check has been removed from this website.
This website was updated on October 22, 2008 with information regarding payments to class members.
Payments to class members who were customers of Ameridebt were mailed on September 9, 2008. Payments to class members who were customers of agencies other than Ameridebt were mailed on October 28, 2008.
Class members' distributions will be based upon the number of class members and the amount of class members’ initial payments to their credit counseling agency. The court-appointed Receiver will continue to pursue collection of Mr. Pukke's assets.
For more information about these payments, click here.
For information about a recent hearing held regarding administration costs, click here.
This website was updated on May 19, 2008 with the following information:
On May 15, 2008, Polacsek Class Counsel, the Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and the court-appointed Pukke Receiver agreed that the Receiver should deliver approximately $13,800,000 of the net monies collected to date to the FTC, to add to the $4,153,000 already held by that agency. Polacsek Class Counsel and the FTC plan to distribute these funds to class members during the coming summer months. Another distribution may follow if sufficient funds justify it, but the time frame of that distribution is not yet known, and will likely be more than a year away. Since there are approximately 500,000 class members, it is unfortunately expected that class members will receive only a small percentage of their initial payment to their agency.
Please advise the Polacsek Class Administrator in writing of any change of address you have experienced since you received your notice card that was mailed in July, 2006. You should include the last four digits of your Social Security number to ensure that your address is updated.
To see the stipulation that was filed with the court, click here.
This website was updated on October 16, 2007 to provide a report on the receiver's activities. To read that report, click here.
This website was updated on May 8, 2007 and June 8, 2007 to provide you with information explaining the delay in class members distributions. To learn more about the delay, click here.
This website was updated on September 28, 2006 to reflect the approval of the 2006 settlements in the case. On September 18, 2006, the Honorable Peter J. Messitte, U.S. District Judge, approved settlements with the principal defendants, Andris Pukke, DebtWorks, Inc., Infinity Resources Group, Inc., Erics Pukke, Debticated Credit Counseling, Inc., and Pamela Pukke. This site provides printable versions of the final orders approving the settlements and class counsel's fee petition and enjoining certain defendants from future violations. It also presents the Class Notice and other important documents. The Ballenger Group, LLC settlement was concluded in 2005.
The approval of the settlements does not mean that settlement proceeds will be immediately distributed. The Court-appointed Receiver is still working to recover and liquidate assets that will generate the settlement proceeds. It may yet be many months before you receive a distribution.
This site provides the following information:
Polacsek et al., v. Debticated Consumer Counseling, Inc., et al.Case No. 8:04-cv-00631PJM ["Polacsek Action"]
Federal Trade Commission v. AmeriDebt Inc., et al.Civil Action No. PJM03-3317 ["FTC v. Ameridebt Action"]www.ftc.gov/ameridebt