Couple gets the ultimate revenge on bank

Written By komlim puldel on Sabtu, 13 Desember 2014 | 20.01

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A COUPLE couple who got more than 700 collection calls from Bank of America over four years will now do a little collecting of their own — to the tune of more than $1.2 million.

"Unrelenting," said Joyce Coniglio of Tampa.

"They treated us very badly," said her husband, Nelson. "No two ways about it."

The Coniglios said the bank badgered them after they had fallen behind on their house payments, local station WTSP reported.

The calls didn't stop even after the Coniglios told the bank that they had hired a lawyer.

The Coniglios sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. A federal judge in Tampa awarded them just over $1.2 million, the report said. The bank's expense was $606 per call, but the damages were tripled.

"The borrowers, the people who own those phones, you do have a right to privacy. And when they say to stop, you have to stop," said the Coniglios' lawyer, David Mitchell.

Bank of America has asked the court to reconsider, but this past week, the judge rejected all of it.

The Coniglios hope their award serves as a wake-up call to phone solicitors and collectors.

"Bank of America has helped two million homeowners avoid foreclosure. Our calls to the Coniglios were not to collect a debt, but rather to help them avoid foreclosure after they fell behind on their mortgage payments in 2009," bank senior vice president Dan Frahm said, ABC News reported.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post.

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