December 5, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has obtained a preliminary injunction against Jaime Chacon, doing business as Azriel Financial Services, for making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state’s No-Call list.
Koster previously filed a lawsuit against Florida resident Chacon and his company, Azriel Financial Services, and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order at that time. Koster said this injunction will likely remain in place until the final resolution of the litigation. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said telephone solicitation calls were made to consumers claiming the company could reduce their credit card interest rates. Hundreds of phone calls were made to consumers on the no call list. Koster is seeking a civil penalty of $5,000 for each violation of Missouri law, costs of the investigation and prosecution, and all court costs.
“When Missourians register with our No-Call list, they do so with the reasonable expectation that they will not receive these unsolicited, harassing calls,” Koster said. “These businesses are aware of our No-Call laws, and they are realizing that this office will enforce those laws.”
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up their residential land lines for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). He encourages consumers who receive harassing solicitation calls to file a complaint at 1-866-662-2551.