October 22, 2012 | 7:00am
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this month won a temporary restraining order against Orange County businessman Jeremy Rommel Nelson and several debt relief corporate entities, including Nelson Gamble & Associates, accused of running consumer fraud scams.
Without admitting guilt, Rancho Santa Margarita's Nelson agreed to FTC demands for an asset freeze, suspension of Internet domain operations, safekeeping of all business records and a ban on retrieving fees from consumer bank accounts without permission.
Federal regulators claimed in a September lawsuit filed in the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana that the defendants operated a national Internet and telemarketing scheme that promised to reduce consumers' unsecured debt by 50 percent or more, routinely called citizens on the FTC's "Do Not Call List" and made unauthorized charges to bank accounts.
By creating a maze of corporate entities--including Jackson, Hunter, Morris & Knight, Debt Relief Law Group P.C., BlackRock Professional Corporation, Mekhia Capital--Nelson falsely bolstered his credibility, according to the FTC.
The case is being heard in U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker's courtroom.