PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia consumer alleges that his bank account was frozen because a debt collector is attempting to collect a debt he claims he is not his responsibility.

Daud S. El-Bakara Sr. filed a complaint on Nov. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA citing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the defendant was hired to collect an alleged debt from the plaintiff that he alleges he is not responsible for. The suit states the defendant filed a writ of execution against the plaintiff's bank account, garnished the account and the plaintiff's account was eventually frozen.

The plaintiff holds Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA responsible because the defendant allegedly knew that its actions would garnish the wrong person's bank account.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, statutory damages, court costs and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Mark D. Mailman, and Joseph L. Gentilcore of Francis & Mailman PC in Philadelphia.

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