April 4, 2008
St. Louis, Mo. - A Florida business and its owners who engaged in telemarketing phone calls to Missourians on the state No Call list will stop making such calls in violation of state law and pay $10,000 to the state under an agreement with Attorney General Jay Nixon. Nixon reached the assurance of voluntary compliance, filed today in St. Louis City Circuit Court, with Fidelity Credit Services of Indian Rock Beach, Fla. and its owner, Karin Rohret; as well as with National Consumer Services of Largo, Fla., and its owner, Andrew Golkin, and operations manager, Sal Cannatella.
Consumers on the state No Call list complained to the Attorney General's Office after they received calls from the defendants between February 2006 and December 2007. The defendants solicited applications for catalog credit card services.
Under the agreement, the defendants must comply with all state and federal laws regarding telemarketing and telephone solicitations or sales, including not contacting any Missouri consumer on the state No Call list, and make a payment of $10,000 to the state. In addition, any violation of the agreement by the defendants may result in contempt of court proceedings and civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation, or a civil penalty of $5,000 for future violations of the state No Call laws.
With today's agreement, Nixon's office has now returned $392,000 to the state of Missouri in No Call court orders and settlements since Jan. 24, 2008, and more than $2.9 million since the law took effect in 2001. There are currently more than 2.5 million Missouri phone lines registered on the state No Call list. To sign up for the list, contact the Attorney General's Office at (866) 662-2551 or go online at ago.mo.gov.