MARTINSBURG – A Ranson woman says she suffered humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish and emotional distress after a debt collection agency repeatedly called her at her work.

Amy Wellman filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against Martin and Seibert.

Wellman claims she began receiving phone calls from Martin and Seibert regarding collection for her debt in July 2009.

"When Plaintiff was first contacted by a representative of Defendant at Plaintiff's place of employment, she requested that the Defendant cease placing telephone calls to her place of employment regarding the alleged debt," the suit states. "Despite her request, Plaintiff continued to receive telephone calls from Defendant's representatives at her place of employment. Plaintiff often hung up the phone on such occasions, but Defendant's representatives would call back immediately thereafter. On numerous occasions Plaintiff reiterated to Defendant's representatives her request not to be called at work to, often explaining that calls of such a nature were not allowed by her employee."

Wellman claims Martin and Seibert violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act by communicating with her at her place of employment and by continuing to call her with an intent to annoy and harass her.

In the two-count suit, Wellman seeks actual and compensatory damages, statutory damages of $1,000 for each violation of the FDCPA, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

David B. Levin of Luxenburg and Levin in Beachwood will be representing her.

U.S. District Court case number: 10-CV-5

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