February 7, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that a judgment he obtained requires a Florida business to pay the state of Missouri $55,000 for violations of Missouri’s no-call law. The owner of the business has also agreed to pay the state $25,000 in penalties.
Koster filed a lawsuit against A+ Financial Center, LLC, and its owner, Christopher Miano, alleging that the business made solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state's no-call list. Koster said the callers claimed the company could lower consumers’ credit-card interest rates or offered credit counseling services.
The Federal Trade Commission has also taken action against A+ Financial Center, alleging that it is “one of the companies responsible for millions of illegal pre-recorded calls from ‘Rachel’ and others from ‘Cardholder Services.’” The FTC expressed its appreciation to Attorney General Koster for the aggressive stance that he takes on the telemarketing and phone solicitations laws in Missouri.
“The Attorney General’s Office will continue to pursue companies that violate our telemarketing and phone solicitation laws,” Koster said. “Missourians subscribe to our no-call list to avoid being harassed by telemarketers, and this office will aggressively enforce the law.”
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-662-2551. He encourages consumers who receive harassing solicitation calls to file a complaint at 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). Missourians can also register their cell phone numbers with Missouri’s no-call list.