Ariz. AG settles with two alleged scams

Nick Rees Jul. 17, 2012, 5:10am


PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced consent judgments on Friday against two alleged telemarketing and business opportunity scams.

The judgments name Higher Impact LLC, an online advertising package service, and Global Web Exchange, a web-based business and advertising service.

Higher Impact Inc., Adrien Pirtle and Stephanie N. Davis were alleged to have have violated the Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the effectiveness of their marketing services and by falsely claiming the consumers would see increased earnings because of the service. The defendants' online advertising packages sold for prices ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, Horne says.

The defendants also failed to register with the Arizona secretary of state or to maintain a bond with the Arizona treasurer's office, which are both required under the Arizona Telephone Solicitation Statute, Horne says.

Global Web Exchange LLC, Stacia Best and Danett Brown were alleged to have placed telephone calls to consumers in an attempt to sell web-based businesses and advertising. The defendants allegedly misrepresented the commissions that consumers would earn and sold advertising packages ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

The defendants were also alleged to be in violation of the Arizona Telephone Solicitation Statute through their failure to comply with statute's registration and bond requirements.

Global Web Exchange and the other defendants will pay more than $300,000 in restitution to alleged victims of the scams, the majority of whom are senior citizens, under terms of the consent judgment.

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