Attorney General shuts down Amherst collection businesses, collects $1.2 million

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Attorney General Letitia James is shutting down an Amherst debt collection business that the AG accused of using false and deceptive tactics to squeeze consumers.

The attorney general described the operation in Amherst as an illegal debt collection scheme because it involved three companies, all owned by the same businessman who has been in her agency’s crosshairs for at least two years.

The three businesses, most notably Northwood Management Group, LLP operated from a building in the College Park office complex. The owner of the three businesses, Andrew Fanelli, signed off on what is known as