November 22, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Florida-based company will pay the state of Missouri $75,000 for violating Missouri’s telemarketing and telephone solicitation laws.
Koster reached an assurance of voluntary compliance (AVC) with Active Periodicals, Inc., and the company’s owner, Donald Caputo, of Florida. He said between October 2008 and August 2010 the company made telephone solicitations to Missourians who had placed their names on the state’s No-Call List. The telemarketer was attempting to solicit magazine subscriptions. The AVC was filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court.
Koster said in addition to paying the state $75,000, the defendant is permanently prohibited from making solicitation calls to any Missourian on the state’s no call list. The settlement also includes the stipulation that the defendant will pay $5,000 per violation for any future violations of Missouri’s consumer protection laws.
"Missouri's No-Call law is clear, and businesses are understanding that we will stop them if they ignore the law," Koster said. "The Attorney General's office will continue to aggressively seek telemarketers who ignore our laws and continue to make prohibited calls."
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for Do-Not-Call and can file a complaint about receiving harassing solitication calls on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).