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Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, and State of Ohio ex rel. Attorney General Dave Yost, Plaintiffs, v. Madera Merchant Services, LLC, also doing business as E Check Processing and, a Texas company; B&P Enterprises, LLC, a Texas company; Bruce C. Woods; Patricia Woods; and Victor Rodriguez, Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number
192 3020
Civil Action Number
Enforcement Type
Federal Injunctions
Federal Court
Western District of Texas

Case Summary

In their complaint against Madera Merchant Services and B&P Enterprises, the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Attorney General allege that the companies generated and processed remotely created payment orders (RCPOs) or checks that allowed many unscrupulous merchants, including deceptive telemarketing schemes, to withdraw money from their victims’ bank accounts. The FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rules (TSR) specifically prohibits the use of RCPOs in connection with telemarketing sales. The court issued temporary restraining orders against Madera Merchant Services and B&P Enterprises, halting their operations and freezing their assets. The defendants and the FTC have agreed to a stipulated Preliminary Injunction in this matter. The defendants agreed to a settlement with the FTC in 2020 that permanently banned them from payment processing.