WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Office of the Attorney General announced June 5 that a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against a group of individuals in Orlando that allegedly pitched worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs to consumers via illegal robocalls.
In total, 18 defendants have been charged. In May 2016, the FTC approved stipulated orders that settled charges against Gary Rodriguez and Your #1 Savings LLC; Marbel Rodriguez and Global One Financial Services LLC; Johnathan Paulino and Royal Holdings of America LLC; Carmen Williams and Ovadaa LLC; Alex Serna; and Kimberly Coarse, Auto Guardian USA, LLC, and Premier Marketing International LLC.
In October 2016, the FTC approved a seventh stipulated order against Fariborz Fard, Shirin Imani and Global Marketing Enterprises Inc. In May, the U.S. District Court in Orlando entered default judgment against Christian Serna, All Us Marketing LLC, and GRR Financial Services LLC. These were the last remaining defendants.
The FTC staff filed the proposed orders and proposed default judgments in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division. According to the FTC, the stipulated orders and judgments against all defendants have been signed and entered by the court.
The FTC and Florida Attorney General’s Office worked on the case with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.