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Nebraska attorney general issues warning about garnishing stimulus payments

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On April 15, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson warned that Nebraska law exempts certain income and property of low-income consumers from execution and attachment by creditors and debt collectors. The attorney general also warned that any attempt or threat to garnish or attach CARES Act stimulus funds that are exempt under Nebraska law will be considered an unfair trade practice under Nebraska’s Consumer Protection Act. Finally, the attorney general stated that his office is diligently monitoring consumer complaints, and encouraged consumers to file complaints if they experience aggressive debt collection during the Covid-19 crisis.

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