December 7, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Florida telemarketing company for making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state's no-call list.
Koster said the restraining order prohibits Mary L. Aponte from making any further solicitation calls to Missourians on the No-Call list. Aponte has been associated with various businesses, including A Sunny Escape; MFG Music, Inc.; Your Holiday Extravaganza, Inc.; Head 2 Toe; and A Greatday to Getaway, LLC. Suit was filed against Aponte alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said thousands of telephone solicitation calls were made to consumers on the No Call list from phone numbers held by Aponte. 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.
Koster asks that any Missouri resident who has done business with Aponte or one of these companies and believe they were defrauded call the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222.
“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 for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at http://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.