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ACORN Still Acting Shady

By Patrick Manning

A Delaware woman says ACORN as recently as two weeks ago deducted money from her bank account, despite countless efforts to cancel her membership with the now-bankrupt community housing organization.

In 2009, Kerry Sheldon signed up for a membership with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — known more commonly as ACORN — to get mortgage counseling when she started to worry about losing her home to foreclosure.

“It didn’t seem like a bad deal,” says Sheldon. “I was excited somebody was going to help me.”

She says she paid ACORN $10 a month in automatic withdrawals from her credit union checking account for the membership. ACORN started collecting her money, but she never heard from them, so she went directly to her lender to fix the problem with her home mortgage.

She tried several times to cancel the payments but never heard back from any of ACORN’s offices, including the office in Wilmington, where she lives.

She was told at that time by her credit union that the only way for her to cancel the payments is if she closed her bank account. She and her husband didn’t want to do that because they feared their bad credit rating would prevent them from opening another account. So the withdrawals of $10 a month continued for two years, totaling more than $200.

When she heard in November that ACORN filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which disbanded the group, she wondered why the withdrawals continued — and where her money was going.

 

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