Ex-clients demand $200k from debt collector

Ex-clients demand $200k from debt collector
Ms Hanizah Hamzah, who insists that she did not abscond with her clients’ money, is now working for another debt-collection firm.

A woman whose job is to chase people to pay their debts is now being pursued by her former clients instead - they are demanding that she hand over more than $200,000 she had collected.

At least 16 police reports were made between May and July this year against Ms Hanizah Hamzah, 44, a former dispute resolutions director with debt collector JMS Roger's Associates.

The police confirmed the reports but declined to comment as investigations are ongoing.

Those who made the reports have demanded that Ms Hanizah hand over the sums her firm had collected on behalf of clients as well as service charges paid to her firm, totalling more than $200,000.

One former client is Ms Huang, 38, a businesswoman who hired Ms Hanizah's firm last September to collect US$100,000 (S$128,000) from her friend.

The full sum of $142,600, including interest for the debt, was recovered two months later but was not returned to Ms Huang.

Ms Huang, who last met Ms Hanizah, better known as Riza, in June this year, said: "She gave me five post-dated cheques which bounced. She said that her company was facing some problems.

"When I went to her company's Facebook page, I saw many posts from others (making claims about) their money.

"Riza then told me that she has quarrelled with a shareholder of her company and she has started another company," added Ms Huang, who declined to give her full name.

She lodged a police report on June 11 and has not tried to contact Ms Hanizah since.

Another former client, who wanted to be known only as Ms Lee, 59, said she had paid $4,000 to one of Ms Hanizah's staff to recover a debt of $50,000 from her friend last November.

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