September 10, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster announced today two St. Louis area telemarketers will pay the state $35,000 for violating Missouri's no-call law by soliciting business from Missourians who had placed their names on the state's No-Call List. The Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against the telemarketers in May.
Koster said the companies involved are SJS Investments, doing business as Equity One Mortgage in St. Peters, and A&J Mortgage Brokers, Inc., in Hillsboro. He said Scott Kline owns SJS Investments and Joseph Fiorino is the owner of A&J Mortgage Brokers. The businesses made robocall telephone solicitations to no-call subscribers in attempts to sell home mortgage refinancing packages.
Koster said in addition to the $35,000 fine, the agreement permanently prohibits the defendants from making any telephone solicitation calls to any Missouri resident and requires that they comply with all state and federal laws regarding telemarketing and telephone solicitations or sales. Any violation of the agreement 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.
"The Attorney General's Office will continue to pursue companies who violate our no-call laws," Koster said. "Missourians subscribe to our No-Call List to avoid being harassed by telemarketers. I want Missouri citizens to know that this office will aggressively enforce this law."
Koster reminded Missourians they can sign up for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-662-2551. He also urged consumers who receive harassing solicitation calls to file a complaint at 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633).