Arkansas AG obtains court order against Fla. telemarketer

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 30, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced a court order Friday against a Florida company and its owner for allegedly violating federal and state telemarketing laws.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller ordered Associated Accounting Specialists Inc. and Jason Page, the company's owner, to pay $90,000 in penalties, $4,500 in attorney fees and $998 in restitution. The Port St. Lucie, Fla.-based company was one of five companies McDaniel sued last year for allegedly using deceptive advertising to promote interest rate reductions on consumer credit calls.

Associated Accounting Specialists allegedly used illegal robocalls to advertise its ability to reduce credit card interest. The company allegedly failed to provide the interest rate reductions it offered.

"This is the latest in judgments against companies that engaged in annoying telemarketing tactics while misleading Arkansans consumers into believing they could help lower credit-card interest," McDaniel said. "We heard from countless consumers who were frustrated by these types of calls, and we are glad to be able to take action on behalf of Arkansans to stop these illegal practices."

Under the terms of the default judgment, Associated Accounting Specialists and Page are prohibited from placing unsolicited robocalls or live telemarketing calls to U.S. consumers. The judgement also enjoined the defendants from managing, operating or owning any business that claims to offer debt relief services or credit card interest rate reductions.

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