Mo. AG announces $55,000 no-call judgment against Fla. business

By Bryan Cohen | Feb 8, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a $55,000 judgment Thursday against a Florida business that allegedly made solicitation calls to Missourians on the state's no-call list.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit Koster filed against A+ Financial Center LLC and Christopher Miano, the company's owner, that alleged violations of the state's no-call law. A+ Financial Center called consumers in Missouri offering credit counseling services or a service to lower consumers' credit card interest rates.

Under the terms of the judgment, A+ Financial Center and Miano will pay the state $55,000 and an additional $25,000 in penalties.

"The attorney general's office will continue to pursue companies that violate our telemarketing and phone solicitation laws," Koster said. "Missourians subscribe to our no-call list to avoid being harassed by telemarketers, and this office will aggressively enforce the law."

The Federal Trade Commission also took action against A+ Financial Center, alleging that it is one of the companies responsible for millions of illegal pre-recorded calls from cardholder services or Rachel, a robocall from a woman offering to lower credit card rates. The FTC expressed its appreciation to Koster for the aggressive stance he takes on phone solicitation and telemarketing laws in Missouri.

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