March 26, 2003 |
People fed up with unwanted telemarketing can sign up for a national do-not-call list that will block many sales calls, the Federal Trade Commission said. On July 1, consumers will be able to register online for the free service. At the same time, the FTC will begin an eight-week rollout of a toll-free number that people can call to register for the list, starting on the West Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1996
Hoping to keep large telemarketers in Los Angeles and lure even bigger firms, the City Council on Wednesday voted 11 to 2 to chop the tax in half on telephone usage levied on such companies. Council member Jackie Goldberg, who sponsored the measure, said independent telemarketers offer jobs paying $11 to $20 an hour and already bring the city millions in taxes on their gross receipts.
October 28, 1993 |
Five Southern California telemarketing firms are among 70 companies targeted by several state attorneys general in a nationwide crackdown on allegedly fraudulent boiler-room and direct-mail operations. Many of the telemarketers are alleged to have operated scams that bilked consumers by telling them they had won a prize, then tried to collect money from them in order to receive it. But the president of one, Anthony Brown of Direct American Marketers Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 |
A West Hills businessman was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in fines, costs and restitution after pleading no contest Thursday to violating a state law regulating telemarketers, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Doran Amir, 36, who owns Direct Imaging Systems in Chatsworth, was also placed on three years probation by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Sam Ohta, according to the city attorney's office. Amir could not be reached for comment Thursday.
July 8, 1999 |
State Senate leader John L. Burton on Wednesday unilaterally killed a measure to prohibit unsolicited calls from telemarketers. Legislation, SB 988, introduced by Sen. Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont) would have created a "do not call me" list in the attorney general's office and prohibited telemarketers from calling consumers whose phone numbers appeared on the list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2001 |
A federal grand jury has indicted two telemarketers on fraud charges for allegedly raising $27 million ostensibly to help veterans, firefighters and AIDS patients but providing only $1 million to charities. Mitchell D. Gold and Jonathan P. Cohen ran Santa Ana-based U.S. Marketing and North American Charitable Services, according to a 33-count indictment handed down this week.
June 2, 1999 |
A lot of you probably saw a story in the paper about a California legislator named Liz Figueroa and her proposed "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" bill. If this bill passes, you could pay a few extra bucks every year to keep salespeople from calling your home phone. I, personally, would prefer a law that permits phone calls from interesting strangers while blocking calls from boring friends and relations. But, hey, that's just me. Figueroa, a state senator from Fremont, is sponsoring SB 988.
November 24, 1999 |
An Aliso Viejo telemarketer who bought two Rolls-Royces and evaded authorities for three weeks after bilking more than 500 investors of almost $5 million has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Robert Louis Syrax, 57, also was ordered Monday to repay those he defrauded through his Gecko Holdings in Costa Mesa, which he promoted as an online gaming business about to go public.
August 31, 1996 |
Alliance for Mature Americans, a telemarketer of living trusts and retirement annuities accused of fraud by the state, has shut down some operations temporarily while it seeks to clarify a court order issued against it this week. The company sent 85 telemarketers home Friday morning, telling them not to come back until Wednesday. It said it expects to be back in business then.
May 24, 1997 |
Federal authorities have charged an Orange County telemarketer with fraud and money-laundering in the operation of a magazine prize scheme that allegedly bilked elderly consumers nationwide of more than $1 million. Robert Flarida, 28, of Santa Ana is free on a $200,000 personal bond after his federal court appearance this week in Santa Ana. He did not enter a plea on the criminal complaint.