A Sunbury man upset with unwanted, repeated phone calls has filed a federal lawsuit against a national debt collection company based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Robert Schrader, in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. Middle District Court, claims he began receiving calls last January from Diversified Consultants Inc. trying to collect a Verizon cell phone debt incurred primarily for personal, family and household purposes.

He says he spoke with an agent of Diversified on Jan. 13, disputed the debt and instructed the firm to stop calling him.

The calls Schrader describes as bothersome and disruptive continued, the suit states.

He accuses Diversified of harassing him inĀ violationĀ of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

He seeks unspecified damages including $1,000 in statutory damages for violating the act.

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