Federal-state lawsuit accuses debt collection agency of ‘overbiffing’

The New York State Attorney General’s Office has begun a joint lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission against a Buffalo Debt Collection agency owner, alleging he used false information to coerce New Yorkers out of money they didn’t owe.

Authorities have frozen the assets of, and issued a restraining order against, a debt collection agency run under six different names by Robert Heidenreich, accusing him of “overbiffing” – the practice of trying to collect more than owed.