Consumers to get refunds from National Enterprise Systems

West Virginia consumers that were charged fees by an Ohio debt collector trying to collect on delinquent tuition payments can now get a refund through the state attorney general's office.

The refunds are part of a May 20 settlement between National Enterprise Systems and the state to end a lawsuit brought by the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division. State law bars a debt collector from adding fees to school tuition debts. The state sued the company last year, alleging it used strong-arm tactics including telephone harassment and false threats of arrest. National Enterprise collected tuition debts for schools including West Virginia University and West Virginia State College.