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Olens files suit over illegal payday loans

2:33 PM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a lawsuit against two companies accusing them of providing illegal payday loans in the state.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court, Olens accuses South Dakota-based Western Sky Financial, the company's owner Martin Webb and California-based Cash Call Inc. of violating a state law prohibiting lenders from offering payday loans over the Internet.

Olens' spokeswoman Lauren Kane says a lawyer representing Western Sky said in a May 2012 letter that the company would stop offering loans in Georgia. Kane says Western Sky continued offering loans and consumers reported abusive collections practices to state officials.

A call to the attorney who wrote on Western Sky's behalf wasn't returned.

Representatives of Cash Call could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.

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