Attorney General McGraw Continues His Success in Halting the Making and Collection of
Payday Loans in WV. $1.57Million in total relief to date.
When Attorney General Darrell McGraw directed his office to investigate the Internet payday lending industry in 2005, few
states had dared to assert their authority over the industry at that time. Notwithstanding the obvious hurdles, McGraw’s
investigations of dozens of Internet payday lenders and their collection agencies have been very successful, prompting other
states to enforce their laws regulating or prohibiting payday loans.
Today, Attorney General McGraw announced settlements with 17 more Internet payday lenders and 14 collection agencies,
bringing the total obtained from his investigation of Internet payday lending industry to $1.57 million in cash refunds and
cancelled debts for 6096 West Virginia consumers.
The latest settlements include three lenders owned by federally recognized Indian tribes who assert they are immune from suit
by states under the legal doctrine of “tribal sovereign immunity.” The settlements with the tribal corporations, Miami Nation
Enterprises and SFS, Inc., affiliated with the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska, and MTE Financial Services, affiliated with the
Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, resulted in $128, 239.50 in cash refunds and cancelled debts for 946 West Virginia consumers. The
companies did business under numerous trade names, including:
Miami Nation Enterprises
d/b/a Cash Advance
d/b/a US Fast Cash
MTE Financial Services
d/b/a 500 Fast Cash
d/b/a Preferred Cash
d/b/a One Click Cas