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Quality Maintenance Supplies, Inc., based in Chicago, and its principal, Joanne M. Drobut, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they shipped and billed consumers for unordered maintenance supplies. The case was filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint,"...
One of the largest office supply operations in Southern California charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement requires Ultra...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and State of Illinois charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars National...
Office supply fraud is one of the most significant business-to-business telemarketing frauds according to the Federal Trade Commission. Industry estimates that telemarketing fraud is costing the legitimate toner industry $100 million in retail sales. "Operation Misprint," a multi-agency effort, is...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle FTC charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars Southern Maintenance Supplies, Inc., and its owner Don...
Federal and state law enforcers are targeting bogus business operators who bilk charities, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses out of millions of dollars a year. The FTC and the Attorneys General of Illinois and Indiana, with the cooperation and assistance of the U.S. Postal...
A New Jersey telemarketer who allegedly bilked businesses and not-for-profits ranging from small retirement homes to The Chicago Symphony Orchestra by sending them unordered merchandise, billing them and then hounding and threatening them for payment, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission...
Three telemarketing operations that were sued in a Federal Trade Commission sweep of scams that bilked small businesses have agreed to settle charges that their business practices were deceptive and violated federal laws. The companies were part of "Operation CopyCat," a July initiative by the FTC...
A Florida telemarketing operation that conned thousands of consumers into ordering merchandise, charged them inflated prices and pressured them to collect bills will pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their business practices violated federal laws. The mastermind of the...
Dozens of apparent con artists who targeted small businesses and not-for-profits ranging from churches to charities have been closed down in “Operation CopyCat,” a federal, state and local government crackdown on allegedly bogus office and cleaning supply telemarketing sales schemes that was...
A federal district court has ordered a temporary halt to the allegedly deceptive "toner phoner" scheme run by seven corporations and eight individuals, doing business under the names of District Supply Center, Central Supply Center, and National Supply Center ("Supply Center"). The order follows...
The Federal Trade Commission has reached settlement agreements that will recover almost $900,000 and which could ultimately make available a total of $1.8 million for redress to small businesses allegedly defrauded by North American Supply, Inc. or its predecessor, American Computer Industries, Inc...
A Lockport, Illinois, man has admitted to running a deceptive scheme to bill churches and small businesses for unordered merchandise, the Federal Trade Commission announced today. Under an agreement with the FTC, David C. Ashley would return nearly $44,000 in uncashed checks and post a $400,000...
Federal Trade Commission staff members will brief the Commissioners on the status of the proposed Telemarketing Sales Rule at a meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in room 432 of the FTC headquarters building, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the...

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