SANTA ANA — An Irvine telemarketer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations that he disobeyed a court order stemming from a previous telemarketing fraud case.
Lonny Remmers, 39, faces at least 41 months in prison if he is convicted on four counts of violating the 1996 order issued by U.S. District Judge Linda H. McLaughlin. She set trial for March 17 on the criminal contempt of court charges.
The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Remmers disobeyed the previous court order by operating another allegedly fraudulent telemarketing scheme and by failing to pay a $150,000 bond required before he could engage in any telemarketing activities.
Remmers is the third person to be prosecuted as a result of the FTC's Project Scofflaw, an initiative aimed at seeking criminal penalties against telemarketers who are repeat offenders.