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Veterans Say Army And Air Force| Collect Alleged Credit-Card Debts Illegally

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The United States and its Army and Air Force Exchange Service illegally collect old debts from veterans - some of them time-barred and based on improper finance charges and penalties - a class-action complaint claims in Federal Court. Lead plaintiff Julius Briggs claims Uncle Sam's "Treasury Offset Program" illegally takes money, allegedly owed on credit-card debt run up by service members on active duty, from their tax refunds and veterans' benefits checks. The GIs use their government-issued Military Star cards to buy, among other things, uniforms. See complaint.

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