Prosecutors: Charlotte-based debt collection agency scammed people out of millions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A trial started Monday for two suspects accused of using high-pressure scare tactics to trick thousands of people out of millions of dollars.

Federal prosecutors said Laurence Sessum and Jacqueline Okomba ran a Charlotte debt collection agency called "Direct Processing."

Officials said it was a scam that squeezed more than $5.7 million out of thousands of people all over the country.

Watch the video above as Channel 9's Mark Barber was the only reporter in federal court as victims of the debt collection scheme took the stand.