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March 9, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the host of "The Newlywed Game," Bob Eubanks explored the wonders of romance. Recently, he has been a spokesman for a 900-number dating service that left investors feeling jilted. The service Eubanks hailed as "revolutionary" in an infomercial is under investigation for suspected investment fraud, part of a state and federal crackdown on a new form of scam that feeds on the psychic, chat and date lines that have become staples of cable TV. Eubanks has not been accused of wrongdoing.
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September 25, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Federal Trade Commission has negotiated a $2.5-million judgment against American Fortune 900, a Los Angeles company accused of fleecing investors in several celebrity chat lines, including one featuring LaToya Jackson. The deal, which requires court approval, won't benefit investors much. Federal investigators said American Fortune 900 has about $81,000 in its bank accounts and has few other assets. The outfit has been in receivership since January.
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NEWS
July 7, 1995 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the middle of the night and the upbeat infomercial host beckons with tales of romances about to happen, careers ready to take off and riches waiting to be discovered. And it be all yours for just $3.99 a minute. Channel hop late at night and it's impossible to miss one of these 900-number psychic phone lines, currently raking in millions of dollars a year.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
FTC Obtains Judgment in 900-Number Case: The commission said the $100,000 judgment is against Rory Cypers, a principal in American Fortune 900 of Westlake Village. The FTC charged Cypers, 26, and his company with using deceptive means to get consumers in an investment partnership that purported to earn income from 900-number telephone chat lines with celebrities LaToya Jackson, Playboy model Carol Shaya and former New York Newsday columnist Michael Shain.
NEWS
December 16, 1994 | STEPHEN WILLIAMS, NEWSDAY
Lupe the psychic was on the phone from somewhere in Arizona, and her fortunetelling wasn't coming cheap: $3.99 for each minute we spoke over the LaToya Jackson Psychic Network. Actually, I got Lupe by chance. A recording answered LaToya's 900-number: "If you know the extension number of the psychic you'd like to talk to, press 1." As a first-time caller, I took pot luck, and pressed 2. "Hi. Welcome to the LaToya line. This is Lupe. Who's this, please?" "You're the psychic," I said.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Federal Trade Commission has negotiated a $2.5-million judgment against American Fortune 900, a Los Angeles company accused of fleecing investors in several celebrity chat lines, including one featuring LaToya Jackson. The deal, which requires court approval, won't benefit investors much. Federal investigators said American Fortune 900 has about $81,000 in its bank accounts and has few other assets. The outfit has been in receivership since January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman who runs an adult "phone fantasy" line sued two former employees this week, alleging they stole her customers for their own business and told them her "models" were fat and ugly. In a suit filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, Monic Alponte accuses Yolanda Medina and Erika Pina of giving customers their own business telephone number.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
FTC Obtains Judgment in 900-Number Case: The commission said the $100,000 judgment is against Rory Cypers, a principal in American Fortune 900 of Westlake Village. The FTC charged Cypers, 26, and his company with using deceptive means to get consumers in an investment partnership that purported to earn income from 900-number telephone chat lines with celebrities LaToya Jackson, Playboy model Carol Shaya and former New York Newsday columnist Michael Shain.
NEWS
March 9, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the host of "The Newlywed Game," Bob Eubanks explored the wonders of romance. Recently, he has been a spokesman for a 900-number dating service that left investors feeling jilted. The service Eubanks hailed as "revolutionary" in an infomercial is under investigation for suspected investment fraud, part of a state and federal crackdown on a new form of scam that feeds on the psychic, chat and date lines that have become staples of cable TV. Eubanks has not been accused of wrongdoing.
NEWS
July 7, 1995 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the middle of the night and the upbeat infomercial host beckons with tales of romances about to happen, careers ready to take off and riches waiting to be discovered. And it be all yours for just $3.99 a minute. Channel hop late at night and it's impossible to miss one of these 900-number psychic phone lines, currently raking in millions of dollars a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman who runs an adult "phone fantasy" line sued two former employees this week, alleging they stole her customers for their own business and told them her "models" were fat and ugly. In a suit filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, Monic Alponte accuses Yolanda Medina and Erika Pina of giving customers their own business telephone number.
NEWS
December 16, 1994 | STEPHEN WILLIAMS, NEWSDAY
Lupe the psychic was on the phone from somewhere in Arizona, and her fortunetelling wasn't coming cheap: $3.99 for each minute we spoke over the LaToya Jackson Psychic Network. Actually, I got Lupe by chance. A recording answered LaToya's 900-number: "If you know the extension number of the psychic you'd like to talk to, press 1." As a first-time caller, I took pot luck, and pressed 2. "Hi. Welcome to the LaToya line. This is Lupe. Who's this, please?" "You're the psychic," I said.
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