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Debt collector allegedly bilked students, borrowers across New York

Narlene Arias-Gil rushed her feverish 2-year-old daughter to the emergency room without a second thought, but the resulting $6,400 medical debt is shrouded in uncertainty.

Long after the health scare at Westchester Medical Center in 2016, Arias-Gil is headed to trial to fight the debt she says should have been covered by health insurance. Her courtroom opponent is the debt-collection law firm Forster & Garbus.

She is not alone.

Federal regulators have accused the Long Island-based firm of improperly trying to collect 99,000 debts, including some that may not be owed, court records show.

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