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Check ‘N Go To Pay Out $4.3 Million to California Residents

San Francisco City Attorney is spearheading statewide effort to notify customers who have until March 28, 2012 to file a claim.

California residents who paid exorbitant interest rates for onlineinstallation loans may be eligible for repayment over the next three monthsin a refund drive announced Thursday by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Consumers who dealt with Cincinnati-based Check 'n Go are eligible
for restitution under a June settlement with Herrera's office in which the
payday loan company agreed to pay $4.3 million in refunds.

Herrera said Check 'n Go partnered with an out-of-state bank in an
illicit scheme to skirt California's maximum interest rate of 36 percent for
the payday loans and made loans with interest rates as high as 400 percent.

Herrera said there are thousands of victims statewide, many who
are "the working poor, who are living paycheck to paycheck."

Because of the exorbitant rates, "people could never get their
principal paid down ... and the number continued to grow," he said.

There are Check ‘N Go stores located in Salinas, Watsonville and San Jose.  The Watsonville store is located at 1441 Main Street where California Check Cashing used to be located.

The city attorney's office is coordinating a statewide outreach
effort to notify customers who are eligible for refunds, which must be
claimed during a three-month period between today and March 28.

Herrera said San Francisco has one of California's highest density
of payday loan companies and that he will be traveling to other hot spots
around the state, including Los Angeles and the Central Valley.

A refund drive earlier this year for a similar settlement with the
payday lender Money Mart/Loan Mart netted more than 8,100 claimants who
received an average of nearly $700.

As part of that outreach, Herrera's office created a video with
the popular song "Call Me Maybe" to encourage claimants to come forward, and
he did not rule out similar efforts in this case.

"However we need to get the word out, we're going to do it,"
Herrera said.

"That was very successful in what it was intended to do," he said,
noting his office received a spike in claimants after the video's release.

Check 'n Go claimants may qualify for restitution if they received
an online four-month installation loan between November 2006 and June 2008
through the websites www.checkngo.comwww.ilp.fbdel.com or
www.commandloans.com.

The refunds will range from $20 to $4,675, depending on the size
of the payment by the claimant.

People are encouraged to visit www.caloanrefund.org, email
caloanrefund@sfgov.org or call toll-free to (855) 581-2350 for more
information about how to make a claim.

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sandra January 04, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Cleveland,Ohio Jan.3,20013 my friend took a loan out on dec.3,20012 and went today to pay his loan back to find out they had him last month sign a paper to pay it back Dec.31 when he recvd his monthly income on the 3rd of each month,they would not let him pay back the loan and told him they sent his check to the bank and he would have to deposit the money in the bank until the check cleared.this is not right they did all their Dec.customers like that.checkngo should be closed for intrapment.
sandra January 04, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Cont.the other half of this event is that one of clerks told my friend never to come back in the store again,the location of the store is east 185th street in Cleveland,Ohio.she also threaten to have him put in jail because he was trying to get some understanding of why they changed the day he was to pay his loan back.
Celine January 09, 2014 at 03:03 PM
I've been to one of these places! They were so nice in the store, I'm really impressed with what they do. I just hope they build one closer to where I live! Celine | https://www.getezmoney.com/livesite/index.asp

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