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February 3, 1998 | James S. Granelli
A man and his son have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges stemming from an alleged telemarketing scheme that took in $40,000 in two months from a dozen senior citizens. John Wesley Scrivener, 44, and his son, Jade Steven Scrivener, 19, are accused in a federal criminal complaint of operating a "prize" scheme in which they told victims they had won a grand prize but had to send money in first to cover taxes and fees. None of the victims received a prize, said Orange County Sheriff's Sgt.
March 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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.
November 27, 2002 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
A Newport Beach man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges stemming from an Orange County-based telemarketing scam that authorities say defrauded 12,000 people nationwide out of nearly $4.4 million. Daniel Eugene Carr, 35, is the eighth person to be convicted in the boiler room operation, which lured victims through newspaper classified ads offering a toll-free number and the promise of a lucrative career processing medical bills from home.
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.
November 19, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
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 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
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 | MIKE DOWNEY
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 | (Times Staff and Wire Reports)
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.
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