Revealed: how a debt collection giant dodged its own blacklisting

Exclusive: Panthera Finance circumvented an order to cease buying and chasing debts in Victoria by passing on business to a sister company that hounded an autistic child

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One of the country’s biggest private debt-collection firms was warned by regulators to “immediately cease” operating in Victoria just weeks before it struck deals to buy debt from major energy and telco companies, a Guardian Australia investigation has found.

Panthera Finance Pty Ltd, the nation’s biggest privately owned debt collector, is currently blacklisted from operating in Victoria due to a 2020 federal court ruling that it had unduly harassed three consumers for money they did not owe.

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Law (Australia) | The Guardian