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.
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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.
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October 2, 2002 |
Four San Fernando Valley telemarketers were sentenced to federal prison terms ranging up to six years for bilking stock investors out of more than $1 million, authorities said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Audrey C. Collins sentenced Anthony Durant, 43, of Canoga Park, to 70 months; Kirk Kuykendoll, 53, of Thousand Oaks to 61 months; Henry Perrin, 60, of Van Nuys to 46 months; and Sharman Walker, 49, of Canoga Park to 41 months in prison. The telemarketers worked for Assured International Inc.
January 8, 2000 |
Federal regulators filed a fraud lawsuit Friday against a group that includes three Laguna Beach telemarketers, alleging the group raised $8 million from investors for oil and gas drilling programs that never produced enough revenue to pay promised returns. The Securities and Exchange Commission identified the local defendants as Alan Baiocchi, David Morris and James Silver. Neither they nor their companies, Integrity Financial Group, Tritech Investment Group Ltd. and ITS Consulting Inc.
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August 1, 2002
An Encino telemarketer who duped businesses across the nation into buying overpriced and defective toner for copying machines was sentenced Wednesday to 26 months in federal prison. Danny Yahalom, 36, operator of International Business Network Inc., pleaded guilty earlier this year to mail fraud, tax conspiracy and filing a false tax return. Prosecutors said Yahalom's company bilked nearly three dozen businesses, including Sprint PCS, Toyota Tsusho and Safeco Insurance Co.
December 5, 2001 |
Telemarketers would be prohibited from blocking their identification on a consumer's caller ID box under a bill the House passed by voice vote Tuesday. The bill comes after people who use caller ID devices to screen or trace calls complained that many telemarketers' numbers did not appear on the devices. Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) said the measure takes "consumer complaints seriously."