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On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") today filed a civil penalty complaint and proposed consent decree against Creative Publishing International ("CPI"), a Minnesota publisher of "how-to" books. As part of the proposed consent decree, CPI has agreed to pay $...
Corporate Supplies, Inc., based in Cummings, Georgia, and its principals, Larry Sarchenko and Robert Henkel, have agreed to pay $20,000 in consumer redress as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Named as defendants in "Operation CopyCon," the FTC alleged that the defendants...
Two Illinois-based companies named in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice at the request of the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to settle charges that they engaged in a bogus office and maintenance supply scam.
Laser Express of Tennessee, Limited., Inc., based in Nashville, and its owner, Jeff Richfield, have agreed to pay $374,000 in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they engaged in the deceptive sale of office supplies. Named as defendants in "Operation Misprint," the FTC...
Defendants in two separate cases filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint" have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. In both cases, the FTC alleged that the defendants shipped and billed consumers for unordered office supplies. In separate settlements, David...
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...
Defendants who crammed charges onto consumers phone bills for services they did not order or authorize have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their practices violated federal laws. The settlement provides $1.6 million in redress for consumers who were victims of the...
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...
New Vision International, Inc., a multi-level marketing company that sells nutritional supplements, its affiliated company, NVI Promotions, L.L.C., and their principals, Jason P. Boreyko and Benson K. Boreyko (collectively "New Vision") have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...
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...
A tenant screening and debt collection agency operating in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that prohibit the use of threatening, harassing and deceptive...
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...
Two Seattle-based companies and their owners, Kurt Tripp and Ngoc Ly, have settled Federal Trade Commission allegations that they falsely represented Native American-style carvings as authentic Native-made artwork. As part of the settlement, the two individual defendants will each pay $20,000 as...
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...

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