On Tuesday, Washington, who has a history of other financial crimes, took a plea deal, admitting that he took part in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a prison term of up to 20 years. The deal also requires him to pay restitution and cooperate with prosecutors in the cases against his former partners.
Criminal charges against Smith and Plumb are pending.
Georgia has been home to several phony debt-collecting companies. John Todd Williams, who had a Norcross company Williams, Scott & Associates, is serving a five-year sentence at Marianna Federal Correctional Institution in Florida, in connection with one.
Other Georgia companies accused of similar schemes didn't suffer criminal penalties. Read details here: http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2017/01/10/is-georgia-a-haven-for-abusive-debt-collectors/
Here's a great story about one victim who fought back, on a vendetta after a phony debt collector threatened to rape his wife: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-06/millions-are-hounded-for-debt-they-don-t-owe-one-victim-fought-back-with-a-vengeance