CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw on Tuesday announced a settlement with a New Jersey lawyer and several out-of-state debt collection agencies that the lawyer represents.

The settlement resulted in more than $7.9 million in cancelled debts for residents, McGraw's office said.

The attorney general's Consumer Protection Division entered into an agreement with Laurence A. Hecker and his two affiliated Pennsylvania collection agencies, APM Financial Solutions, LLC, and Account Portfolio Management, LLC.

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